public school

noun

1
: an endowed secondary boarding school in Great Britain offering a classical curriculum and preparation for the universities or public service
2
: a free tax-supported school controlled by a local governmental authority

Example Sentences

Both of their sons attend public school.
Recent Examples on the Web At least one public school district has also banned TikTok. Paige Eichkorn, Arkansas Online, 22 Jan. 2023 But the new lawsuits – one by the public school district in Seattle two weeks ago, with a second filed by a suburban district Monday, Jan. 9, and almost certainly more to come – face an uncertain legal road. Gene Johnson, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Jan. 2023 But the new lawsuits — one by the public school district in Seattle last week, with a second filed by a suburban district Monday and almost certainly more to come — face an uncertain legal road. Gene Johnson, ajc, 11 Jan. 2023 But the new lawsuits — one by the public school district in Seattle last week, with a second filed by a suburban district on Monday and almost certainly more to come — face an uncertain legal road. Gene Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Jan. 2023 But the new lawsuits — one by the public school district in Seattle last week, with a second filed by a suburban district on Monday and almost certainly more to come — face an uncertain legal road. Gene Johnson, Fortune, 11 Jan. 2023 Seattle's public school district is suing TikTok, Instagram and Facebook, among and other social media platforms, in landmark litigation that alleges that their practices are damaging students' mental health. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 10 Jan. 2023 Masks are back in at least one Michigan public school district, and they're recommended in several others. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 10 Jan. 2023 With nearly 50,000 students spread across 106 schools, the Seattle public school district’s size and geographic location send a stark message to Big Tech. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 9 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of public school was in 1548

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“Public school.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20school. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

public school

noun
1
: a British private school that gives a liberal education and prepares students for the universities
2
: an elementary or secondary school supported by taxes and operated by a local government
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