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English definition of “public school”

public school

noun [C or U] uk   us  

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

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

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

US in Scotland, Australia, and the US, a free school provided by the government
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