elementary

adjective el·e·men·ta·ry \ ˌe-lə-ˈmen-tə-rē , -ˈmen-trē \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of elementary

1 a : of, relating to, or dealing with the simplest elements or principles of something
b : of or relating to an elementary school
2 : elemental 1a
3 : elemental 2

elementarily

play \ˌe-lə-ˌmen-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˈmen-trə-lē\ adverb

elementariness

play \ˌe-lə-ˈmen-tə-rē-nəs, -ˈmen-trē-\ noun

Examples of elementary in a Sentence

  1. He is lacking even the most elementary notions of fairness.

  2. The researchers made an elementary error.

  3. He has an elementary understanding of calculus.

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First Known Use of elementary

14th century


ELEMENTARY Defined for English Language Learners

elementary

adjective

Definition of elementary for English Language Learners

  • : basic and simple : involving the simplest parts of a subject

  • : of or relating to elementary school


ELEMENTARY Defined for Kids

elementary

adjective el·e·men·ta·ry \ ˌe-lə-ˈmen-tə-rē , -ˈmen-trē \

Definition of elementary for Students

1 : relating to the beginnings or simplest principles of a subject
  • elementary arithmetic
2 : relating to or teaching the basic subjects of education
  • elementary school


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