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pensionnat Line breaks: pen¦sion|nat
Pronunciation: /ˌpɒ̃sjɔˈna/

Definition of pensionnat in English:

noun (plural pronounced same)

(In France and other European countries) a boarding school.
Example sentences
  • At the end of the walk is a relic from the long-distant days when the pensionnat was a convent - an ancient, largely dead, pear-tree, nicknamed (for its age) Methuselah.
  • Her daughters she prepared for important social positions by educating them in a Swiss pensionnat where they could perfect their French.
  • The method he adopted in teaching them was rather that of a University professor than such as usually is used in a pensionnat.



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