kin·​der·​gart·​ner | \ ˈkin-dər-ˌgärt-nər How to pronounce kindergartner (audio) , ˈkin-də-, -ˌgärd- \
variants: or less commonly kindergartener \ ˈkin-​dər-​ˌgär-​tə-​nər How to pronounce kindergartener (audio) , ˈkin-​də-​ , -​də-​ How to pronounce kindergartener (audio) \

Definition of kindergartner

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

Examples of kindergartner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Megan Kinch, a single parent and electrician in Toronto, decided quickly that two-hour Zoom sessions weren't working for her kindergartner. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, "Disengaging from distance learning," 13 May 2020 In a normal year, any curious person, from kindergartner to senior citizen, would have opportunities to get outside and contribute to research, harnessing the power of the crowd to generate useful data for science. James Dinneen/undark, Popular Science, "Science is finding ways to thrive during the pandemic, and you can help," 20 Apr. 2020 Sharese Clayton - a Washington parent with two daughters - said she is particularly worried about what the closure will mean for her kindergartner, who seems to have found a groove in her schoolwork and was doing advanced work. Anchorage Daily News, "Students embark on unprecedented remote-learning plan," 16 Mar. 2020 His kindergartner hadn't had much practice using a laptop beyond playing games. NBC News, "As coronavirus closes schools, teachers and families brace for massive experiment in online education," 16 Mar. 2020 Volunteer judges sifted through 28,000 entries from children ranging from kindergartners to high schoolers and selected 155 semifinalists. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Gets New, Official Name: Perseverance," 5 Mar. 2020 This Laptablet is geared toward the kindergartners and elementary schoolers in your life. Popular Science, "Kid-friendly laptops to keep your children busy," 2 Apr. 2020 Students in grades two through five at the school voted using their Chromebooks, while kindergartners and first-graders used paper ballots. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Want to create something cool? Come to Orange Schools’ Fab Lab March 18," 21 Feb. 2020 Those groups arrived knowing just four or five letters’ sounds, on average, compared to nine for white kindergartners and 12 for Asians. oregonlive, "Oregon kindergartners show no signs of improved readiness to learn," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of kindergartner

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kindergartner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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