Definition of dame school in English:

dame school

noun

historical
  • A small primary school run by elderly women, especially in their own homes.

    • ‘I then gave the note for William to one of the other teachers at the dame school.’
    • ‘His family were very keen on making sure he was educated, sending him to ‘dame schools’ until the time his father's debts meant that he was sent to work in a factory.’
    • ‘Elizabeth Hannah was among the first to open a dame school in Alexandria.’
    • ‘The school Robert attended was probably a single-teacher, dame school of the type popular at the time, which was early in the history of education in Kendal.’
    • ‘His world was circumscribed - the dame school, the park, the house, occasional visits to the country, to Fern Hill and Aunt Annie.’