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

Examples of kindergarten in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the federal regulators grant full approval for children ages 5-15, students in kindergarten through sixth grade will also be required to get fully vaccinated. Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2021 The opt-out option was first available to middle school and high school students, then expanded this month to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 19 Oct. 2021 Jill Allred, a child advocate and mother who currently has a child in kindergarten in the district, said the whole incident stirred up controversy and was divisive within the community, though only a small group of parents complained about the book. NBC News, 15 Oct. 2021 One woman whose story was recounted in the brief is the single mother of a child in kindergarten, balancing school and work., 13 Oct. 2021 The plane flew over the city on the district’s first day of classes, after the board of education voted to require masks for students in kindergarten through grade 6. Hannah Drown, cleveland, 12 Oct. 2021 The school serves 661 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, with Black or African American students accounting for 61% of the student body, according to the school's website. Rebekah Riess, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 Requirements for students in kindergarten through sixth grade would be phased in at a future date after the FDA approves the vaccine for that age group. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2021 There were 12 victims in total, all children in kindergarten through third grade at Golfview Elementary School in Carpentersville, where Bedoya was their substitute teacher. Megan Jones,, 6 Oct. 2021

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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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25 Oct 2021

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“Kindergarten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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