Definitions

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

  • n. Informal A preparatory school.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A private school intended to prepare its students to get into prestigious universities.
  • n. A private primary school which prepares its pupils for the common entrance examination most commonly at the age of eleven, and subsequent entry into public school.

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

  • n. a private secondary school

Etymologies

clipping of preparatory + school (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The resulting school, Knox College, became a hotbed of abolitionist activity before the Civil War-a branch of the Underground Railroad had run through Galesburg, and Hiram Revels, the nation’s first black U.S. senator, attended the college’s prep school before moving back to Mississippi.

    The Audacity of Hope

  • My prep school was in Hatch End, a suburb of Pinner, and it was there that I acquired my first slow-worms from a boy called George Porges.

    Wildwood

  • Jim wanted to ask Poppy to come to Rye on the following Thursday night and play in a basketball game between prep school boys and the local Rye High School championship team.

    Barbara Bush

  • I took the entrance exam to get into Loyola High School, the Jesuit prep school eight miles away, a long bus ride or hitchhike from Culver City.

    No Excuses

  • Catawba College was first located here at Newton, and they went there in what was called the prep school at that time, and they went in that pretty far.

    Oral History Interview with Arthur Little, December 14, 1979. Interview H-0132. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

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