Definition of finishing school in English:

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finishing school

Pronunciation: /ˈfiniSHiNG ˌsko͞ol/


A private school where girls are prepared for entry into fashionable society.
Example sentences
  • All the other girls are going home to attend prestigious intuitions; colleges for girls, universities, finishing schools.
  • Within five years of his appointment he had turned the institute from a finishing school for witless girls into a seminary with a worldwide reputation.
  • Though we do have two finishing schools for girls as neighbors, seeing the same pretty faces every year can be tiring.

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Syllabification: fin·ish·ing school

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