from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A school that trains teachers, chiefly for the elementary grades.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a school whose methods of instruction are to serve as a model for imitation; an institution for the training of teachers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a two-year school for training elementary teachers
Translation of French école normale (so called because the first school so named was intended as a model) : école, school + normal, normal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)