Definition of lycée in English:


nounPlural lycées

  • A secondary school in France that is funded by the state.

    • ‘He attended the lycée at Marseilles, then sat the entrance examination for the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.’
    • ‘At 15, Tocqueville accompanied his father to Metz, where he entered the lycée and a wider social world than his restricted family circle.’
    • ‘In 1823, at the age of 12, Galois was sent to school for the first time, entering the lycée of the Louis-le-Grand in Paris.’
    • ‘French lycées and British public schools allowed some scope for a common secondary education, and marriage barriers were less in evidence.’
    • ‘Roger Bontemps teaches physics and Denis Goeringer teaches biology, both at an Amiens lycée (secondary school).’
    • ‘Peeping inside the courtyard of the lycée I spy… a basketball court.’
    • ‘The central spaces at each level collectively act as the heart of the lycée.’
    • ‘One sister had been educated at the French lycée, the other at British and American schools.’
    • ‘However, he returned to teaching in lycées and did not seek a university post at this time.’
    • ‘At the lycée Robert de Luzarches, with about 100 teachers, only two turned up to work.’
    • ‘Some 20 pupils and a few student supervisors met, representing the majority of the Amiens lycées and also the lycée of Albert, a town some 20 kilometres from Amiens.’
    • ‘Poor exam results meant that he was sent to technical school instead of the more academic lycée.’
    • ‘Legislation to create the lycée, or secondary school, was passed in 1802, and forty-five of them were founded during the empire.’
    • ‘He insisted, in 1869, on leaving the Catholic school which he was attending and studying instead at a lycée.’
    • ‘At Toulouse the examinations at four lycées did not take place.’
    • ‘In French lycées and colleges non-classical ‘special’ education was upgraded to ‘modern’ education in 1891.’
    • ‘In Amiens, the WSWS interviewed three young English teachers from an Amiens lycée - Véronique, Juliette and Frédérique - who had been on strike for a month.’
    • ‘At the École Durkheim studied chiefly history and philosophy, and after graduation he gained a position as a philosophy teacher in a lycée.’
    • ‘He spent the years 1862-3 in London; thereafter he taught English in various lycées, mostly in Paris.’
    • ‘A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a French lycée in Jerusalem, his head landing in the playground as children arrived for classes.’


French, from Latin lyceum (see Lyceum).