kin·​der·​gar·​ten | \ ˈkin-dər-ˌgär-tᵊn, ˈkin-də-, -dᵊn\

Definition of kindergarten

: a school or class for children usually from four to six years old

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Jeffries, a first-grade teacher, has been organizing since 2002 to get more teachers and educators on the board, which sets policies for teachers and administrators to implement, impacting kindergarten through 12th grade. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019 Newsletter Sign-up About 19% of Los Angeles public school students in grades kindergarten through 12 attend independent charter schools, according to estimates from the district, up from 12% seven years ago. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "Teachers Strike Looms for a Half-Million Children in Los Angeles," 6 Jan. 2019 Last school year, more than 1 million elementary-age children experienced a lockdown, and among that group, at least 220,000 were in kindergarten or prekindergarten, the Post analysis revealed. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 Alexander decided to walk across the state to gin up his retail politics cred, departing from the porch of the house where his mother had taught kindergarten. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Lamar Alexander, pillar of Washington’s old guard, is retiring from the Senate," 17 Dec. 2018 As for little boys, names like Ollie, Pete, and Wiley would fit in right alongside the Jacks, Liams, and Aidens filling up kindergarten classes these days. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "These 1918 Baby Names Are Due For a Comeback," 2 July 2018 As for little boys, names like Ollie, Pete, and Wiley would fit in right alongside the Jacks, Liams, and Aidens filling up kindergarten classes these days. Melissa Locker, ajc, "These 1918 baby names are due for a comeback," 2 July 2018 The focus on low test scores runs counter to the city’s high-stakes testing culture, where admission to everything from gifted-and-talented kindergarten classes to the prestigious specialized high schools is gained by top scores. New York Times, "In a Twist, Low Scores Would Earn Admission to Select Schools," 6 June 2018 The greeting is a daily ritual in Ashley Taylor's kindergarten class at Keene Elementary School. Julie Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Texas kindergartner melts hearts as a classroom greeter in viral video," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of kindergarten

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kindergarten

German, from Kinder children + Garten garden

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English Language Learners Definition of kindergarten

: a school or class for very young children


kin·​der·​gar·​ten | \ ˈkin-dər-ˌgär-tᵊn \

Kids Definition of kindergarten

: a school or a class for very young children

Other Words from kindergarten

kindergartner \ -​ˌgärt-​nər \ noun

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