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"public school" in British English

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public schoolnoun [C or U]

uk   us  

public school noun [C or U] (EXPENSIVE SCHOOL)

in ​England, an ​expensivetype of private school (= ​schoolpaid for by ​parents not by the ​government)

public school noun [C or U] (FREE SCHOOL)

US in ​Scotland, ​Australia, and the US, a ​freeschoolprovided by the ​government
(Definition of public school from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"public school" in American English

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public schoolnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpʌb·lɪk ˌskul/
a ​free school, ​supported by ​taxes, and ​managed by ​localrepresentatives
(Definition of public school from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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