Definition of grammar school noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    grammar school

    BrE BrE//ˈɡræmə skuːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡræmər skuːl//
    Types of school
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  1. 1(in Britain, especially in the past) a school for young people between the ages of 11 and 18 who are good at academic subjects Culture At grammar schools more academic subjects were studied than at secondary modern or comprehensive schools. Most British towns used to have at least one grammar school, which children could enter only if they passed an examination at the age of eleven. Many people thought that this system was unfair, and by the end of the 20th century most local education authorities had changed to the comprehensive system. Some of Britain's older grammar schools became independent schools. See related entries: Types of school
  2. 2(old-fashioned) = elementary school See related entries: Types of school
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: grammar school