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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.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a two-year school for training elementary teachers

Etymologies

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)

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