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A school that trains teachers, chiefly for the elementary grades.
[Translation of French école normale (so called because the first school so named was intended as a model) : école, school + normal, normal.]
(Education) (in France, and formerly England, the US, and Canada) a school or institution for training teachers
[C19: from French École Normale: the first French school so named was intended as a model for similar institutions]
a former school giving a two-year program to high-school graduates preparing to be teachers.
A college (usually only two years) for preparing students to become schoolteachers who could then teach through the eighth grade.