from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boarding-school.


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  • She would be sent to boarding school, not in the States but to some bleak Catholic pensionnat near the Belgian border, like Cécile Matthews who had been caught shoplifting, or Amande Liebeskind, who, it was rumored, had gotten pregnant.

    Dreaming in French

  • I was chagrined or downcast by the contrast which the reality of a pensionnat de demoiselles presented to my vague ideal of the same community; I was only enlightened and amused; consequently, I felt in no disposition to complain to Mdlle.

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

  • I could only think of the pensionnat in the Rue Fossette.


  • Here, however, in this land of convents and confessionals, such a presence as his was not to be suffered with impunity in a “pensionnat de demoiselles.”


  • Yet three days, and then I must go back to the pensionnat.


  • “Not” (with animation), “not at the pensionnat of Madame Beck?”


  • The establishment was both a pensionnat and an externat: the externes or day-pupils exceeded one hundred in number; the boarders were about a score.


  • I feel quite sure that without this “cachemire” she would not have kept her footing in the pensionnat for two days: by virtue of it, and it only, she maintained the same a month.


  • My externat became a pensionnat; that also prospered.


  • Alfred can climb as well as he can dance or fence: his amusement was to make the escalade of our pensionnat by mounting, first the wall; then — by the aid of that high tree overspreading the grand berceau, and resting some of its boughs on the roof of the lower buildings of our premises — he managed to scale the first classe and the grand salle.



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