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1A local school in a community on the North American prairies.
2Usually with capital initials. A group of architects (or occasionally other artists, writers, etc.) whose style reflects or derives from that seen as typical of the prairies.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in National Era. From prairie + school.
prairie school/ˈprɛːri ˌskuːl/
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