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1Originally and chiefly North American. Education at the expense of the State; State schooling.
2Chiefly British. Education at a public school.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Boston Recorder. From public + schooling, after public school.
public schooling/ˌpʌblɪk ˈskuːlɪŋ/
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