kin·​der·​gart·​ner ˈkin-dər-ˌgärt-nər How to pronounce kindergartner (audio)
variants or less commonly kindergartener
: a child attending or of an age to attend kindergarten
: a teacher at a kindergarten

Examples of kindergartner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elizabeth Gerber expects to encounter a happy but sleepy kindergartner. Jackie Valley, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Sep. 2023 While Marin County had relatively low vaccination rates in the early 2010s, the numbers have since gone up, with 97% of kindergartners up-to-date on their vaccines as of the 2021-2022 school year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Julia Daye, Sacramento Bee, 28 Mar. 2024 In 2019, America was doing great in terms of measles vaccination—across the country, 95.2 percent of kindergartners were getting immunized, according to the CDC—and yet, in spite of this fantastic progress, measles cases were exploding. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 12 Mar. 2024 Nationwide, downward trends in measles vaccination led the CDC to estimate that a quarter million kindergartners are at risk of the highly contagious disease. Amy Maxmen | Kff Health News, NBC News, 7 Mar. 2024 Even with the recent divot in our national vaccine rates, the country remains in broad agreement on the value of immunity: 93 percent of America’s kindergartners are getting measles shots, a rate that has barely budged for decades. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 12 Mar. 2024 Nationally, the rate of kindergartners fully immunized against the measles dropped from 95% in the 2019-20 school year to 93% in 2022-23, according to the CDC. Jenny Gold, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2024 Of the 120-plus kindergartners at Joshua Elementary when this work began, only 53 remain today. Jackie Valley, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Feb. 2024 Nationally, the proportion of kindergartners with a vaccine exemption reached a new high of 3 percent in the 2022-2023 school year, according to the CDC. Lauren Weber, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kindergartner was in 1868

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“Kindergartner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


kin·​der·​gart·​ner ˈkin-der-ˌgärt-nər How to pronounce kindergartner (audio)
: a kindergarten pupil

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