from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The practise of providing formal education, especially primary or secondary education, at home rather than in a school.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Teaching children at home instead of sending them to school.


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  • It occurred to me today that this is a retronym, which only appeared once it became standard practice to send young children out of the home to receive a primary education. Until the 19th century, or thereabouts, young children, if they received any education at all, were educated at home.

    December 18, 2011