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

  • n. A school at a level between elementary and high school, typically including grades five through eight.

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  • n. A school which crosses the traditional divide between primary school and secondary school

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

  • n. a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12


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