kin·​der·​gart·​ner | \ ˈkin-dər-ˌgärt-nər, ˈkin-də-, -ˌgärd-\
variants: or less commonly kindergartener \ ˈkin-​dər-​ˌgär-​tə-​nər , ˈkin-​də-​, -​də-​ \

Definition of kindergartner

1 : a child attending or of an age to attend kindergarten
2 : a teacher at a kindergarten

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In 2017, a Texas kindergartner who was part Native was reportedly kicked out of class for having long hair. Teen Vogue, "New Mexico Teacher Accused of Calling a Native Student a "Bloody Indian" and Cutting Another's Hair on Halloween," 3 Dec. 2018 Every morning, these kindergartners from Keene Elementary start their day by greeting one another — with handshakes, hugs and a smile. Julie Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Texas kindergartner melts hearts as a classroom greeter in viral video," 30 May 2018 Her 37-year career included teaching kindergartners through college students in three states. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Retiring PUSD middle school teachers reflect on their careers," 7 June 2018 For the 2016-17 school year, the latest nationwide data available, 6.7 percent of Oregon kindergartners claimed at least one exemption, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Lynne Terry,, "Low vaccination rates put some Oregon schools at high risk for measles," 11 Feb. 2018 But on this chilly morning in late May, Iceland’s goalkeeper uses his powerful mitts not to stop a blast from Lionel Messi but to gently tap the tiny shoulder of a Reykjavík kindergartner. Sean Gregory, Time, "How Iceland Became the World Cup’s Ultimate Underdog," 7 June 2018 The retired school guidance counselor met Bella and her sister when the girls were kindergartners at Stonegate Elementary in Zionsville. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Engineering students use their brains and their hearts to build a bike for a little girl," 18 May 2018 This whole experience was immensely beneficial to the eighth-grade French class and to the kindergartners. Charlene Paparizos,, "Chagrin Falls Middle School Students Bring French Culture to Kindergarten Classroom and More: Community Voices," 26 Apr. 2018 At Penn Alexander Elementary, a K-8 in West Philadelphia, even the kindergartners formed a peace sign with their bodies to show their hopes for the world., "'I don't want to be shot': Thousands of Philly-area students participate in national school walkout," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of kindergartner

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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