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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Recent Examples on the Web Among the districts that have moved to virtual instruction is the Blytheville School District for all students in kindergarten through 12th grades, according to the district's Facebook page. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, "Governor takes virus caution," 21 Oct. 2020 Students in kindergarten through sixth grade whose families chose an all-in option in July returned to in-person learning, five days a week, on Oct. 5. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Solon Schools sticking with return-to-buildings plan despite county’s Level 3 COVID-19 status," 20 Oct. 2020 The boy was in kindergarten at Center Point Elementary School and would have turned 6 in January 2020. Carol Robinson |, al, "4 indicted on capital murder charges in three 2019 killings in Birmingham," 20 Oct. 2020 Matt Dela Cruz, 34, who teaches drama to students in kindergarten through eighth grade in Seattle, has been painting his nails since 2016 At first, his pupils reacted abrasively. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Men’s Nail Polish Is Taking Off—Why Now?," 19 Oct. 2020 The district students in kindergarten through fourth grade returned to Tripp, Pritchett and Meridian elementary schools Tuesday for in-person instruction, the same day as the school board meeting. Amanda Marrazzo,, "Apatakic-Tripp District 102 welcomes students on campus, but further rollout of hybrid learning could be halted by uptick in COVID-19 cases," 16 Oct. 2020 Quincy, now 6 and in kindergarten, has applied to participate in the first phase of the GeneTx trial. Lydia Denworth, Science | AAAS, "Is gene therapy ready to treat some forms of autism?," 14 Oct. 2020 Under the superintendent’s plan, 60 students in kindergarten through second grade with special needs would return to campus Nov. 5. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Northern Virginia schools inch closer to reopening campuses," 9 Oct. 2020 Even a partial school year will help these children gain the socialization and skills necessary to be successful in kindergarten. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Seeing low enrollment, state seeks applications for On My Way Pre-K tuition aid," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of kindergarten was in 1851

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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Kindergarten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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