from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An elementary private school taught by a woman.


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  • The huge prevalence of texting, the internet, instant messaging and social networking means – however much dame-school grumps may deplore the fractured grammar and emoticons – the generation emerging is more engaged with the written word than any in living memory.

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  • The voice described the subject's subsequent dame-school education, and the private tutor who had been hired when the subject was seven to prepare him for higher learning at Oxford.

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  • Then I was sent to a dame-school kept by an old woman65 who stood us in rows and had a long stick like a billiard cue to get at the back rows.

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  • The mistress of the dame-school at Clermont recognised in the

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  • Geology has initiated us into the secularity of nature, and taught us to disuse our dame-school measures, and exchange our Mosaic and Ptolemaic schemes for her large style.

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  • In very early boyhood he attended a species of dame-school, which, according to some of his biographers, he had apparently to leave because he was too clever to be tolerable.

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  • He was sent early to the usual dame-school, and developed an insatiable appetite for such stories and ballads as were current among the neighbours.


  • The gods do not keep a dame-school for us here on earth, and their ways are less obvious than that.

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  • She went, with other boys and girls, to a small dame-school on the other side of

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  • If the clergy were not infallible in the matter of the pronunciation of difficult words, it is not surprising that the clerk often puzzled or amused his hearers, and mangled or skipped the proper names, after the fashion of the mistress of a dame-school, who was wont to say when a small pupil paused at such a name as Nebuchadnezzar, "That's a bad word, child! go on to the next verse."

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