Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Japanese school that prepares students for entrance exams, as for admission to a university, and is attended in addition to public school.

Etymologies

Japanese, from Middle Chinese dzhuwk.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • These are called juku, to which the misleading term “cram school” seems to have permanently stuck.

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  • These post towns, known as juku, provided feudal-era travelers places to stop for food and lodging.

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  • Half of Japan's ninth graders moved every afternoon from school to private "juku" for additional instruction in core subjects.

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  • He informed me that his teenage Japanese customers had in the past preferred the Osama t-shirts to flaunt in their Sunday promenades in the bizarre fashion/culture district of Hara-juku.

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  • Because ambitious students attend extra classes (juku) on top of ordinary schooling, their ordinary classes are often boring by comparison and provide good opportunities to catch up on lost sleep.

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  • I once visited a juku school in Kobe, a cram school where kids go to get the leg up on the competition, and asked a classroom full of eight-year-old girls, “What do you want to do when you grow up?”

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  • This respect is given whether one is a professor emeritus at an elite university or a recent graduate of a fourth-rate college with an art history major teaching English at a juku for a couple of years before having to face up to finding a real job.

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  • Besides, this was just an English juku and the boy was still in primary school, so it was not as if I was going to help him get into the University of Tokyo.

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  • The South Korean government wanted to take steps to shift the emphasis to education at school rather than at their version of juku, which they call hagwon.

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  • I wish I'd done that sort of thing with my better students, juku and public.

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