kin·​der·​gar·​ten | \ ˈkin-dər-ˌgär-tᵊn How to pronounce kindergarten (audio) , ˈkin-də-, -dᵊn\

Definition of kindergarten

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

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Clark County has a vaccination rate of 77.6% for all students from kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Washington State Becomes Latest Hot Spot in Measles Outbreak," 23 Jan. 2019 Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for students from kindergarten to high school seniors. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Help judge 'Mukwonago's Got Talent' May 12," 7 May 2018 That percentage is far higher than in the city’s traditional gifted programs, which enroll 15,979 children in kindergarten through fifth-grade. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Gifted Programs in High-Poverty Districts Aim to Create Pipeline to Opportunity," 9 Feb. 2019 Her family moved often, and by her count Metea was her 10th school since kindergarten. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora mentoring program aims to help girls build leadership," 7 July 2018 James Maroney used to split his time between Manhattan and the farm, and Suki and a young Cooke often joined in on the commute until Cooke was in kindergarten, writer Olivia French reveals. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Jennifer Lawrence's Man, Cooke Maroney?," 6 Feb. 2019 More than 141,600 students—or about 29% of those enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade—attended on Monday, according to a preliminary tally of nearly all schools by the district. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "Los Angeles Teachers Begin Strike," 14 Jan. 2019 The daughter of Poway residents John and Julie Ellis was in Girl Scouts for 13 years, joining as a Daisy in kindergarten. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Poway Girl Scout helps orphans, earns Gold Award," 6 July 2018 Last year, Germany cracked down on parents who refused to vaccinate their babies before enrolling them in kindergarten, and France introduced fines against noncompliant parents. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, "Proof of Children’s Vaccinations? Italy Will Now Take Parents’ Word for It," 5 July 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 How to pronounce kindergarten (audio) \

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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