grammar school


: a secondary school emphasizing Latin and Greek in preparation for college
: a British college preparatory school
: a school intermediate between primary school and high school

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Arundel played in grammar school with Stagg’s Abbey Hobart, who is also opening up some eyes. Tony Baranek, Chicago Tribune, 5 Jan. 2023 His father was a high school football coach, and his mother taught grammar school. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 July 2022 Katz chose to attend Woodrow Wilson Vocational High School in Queens (against the advice of his grammar school principal, who favored the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan). Amanda Fortini Alec Soth, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2022 In his 40s, Goldberg sold his clearing firm and became a basketball coach, first at Chicago’s St. Ignatius grammar school, then at Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart and Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 13 Dec. 2022 The idea came from Bill Murphy, the football commissioner for the Southside Catholic Conference, a grammar school league. Steve Millar, Chicago Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 William Woodward and his wife, Abigail Cutter, started a free public grammar school for poor students in 1831. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 14 Aug. 2022 Senior libero Gigi Navarrete, who has played with White since grammar school, watched the transition with amazement. Tony Baranek, Chicago Tribune, 18 Aug. 2022 The series follows two teen boys, Nick and Charlie, who meet at a British grammar school, quickly become friends and fall in love. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, 15 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of grammar school was in the 14th century

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“Grammar school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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grammar school

: an elementary school

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