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definition of the word school

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Elementary school

Old English scōl, from Latin schola, from Ancient Greek σχολεῖον (scholeion), from σχολή (schole), spare time, leisure), later  (conversations and the knowledge gained through them during free time; the places where these conversations took place).



school (plural schools)

  1. (US, Canada) An institution dedicated to teaching and learning; an educational institution.
    Our children attend a public school in our neighborhood.
    Harvard University is a famous American postsecondary school.
  2. (UK) An educational institution providing primary and secondary education, prior to tertiary education (college or university).
  3. Within a larger educational institution, an organizational unit, such as a department or institute, which is dedicated to a specific subject area.
    We are enrolled in the same university, but I attend the School of Economics and my brother is in the School of Music.
  4. (considered collectively) The followers of a particular doctrine; a particular way of thinking or particular doctrine; a school of thought.
    These economists belong to the monetarist school.
  5. A group of fish or a group of marine mammals such as porpoises, dolphins, or whales.
    The divers encountered a huge school of mackerel.
  6. The time during which classes are attended or in session in an educational institution.
    I'll see you after school.

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