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 kindergartner (audio) , ˈkin-​də-​ , -​də-​ How to pronounce kindergartner (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 Associated Press reports that Kira Gaber said she’s been told to send her kindergartner back to his San Francisco classroom with a laptop and headphones — while his teacher works online from home. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: Newsom talks tough on reopening public schools; more details in Smart case," 15 Apr. 2021 Kira Gaber said she’s been told to send her kindergartner back to his San Francisco classroom with a laptop and headphones — aka Zoom in a Room. Fox News, "California’s schools lag in reopening push," 14 Apr. 2021 The months after the birth of her third child were a blur of sleepless nights, followed by days spent managing remote school for her kindergartner, struggling to entertain her preschooler and setting up a classroom in her Middletown, N.J., home. New York Times, "Why Mothers Are Skeptical About All the Promises of Pandemic Aid," 30 Mar. 2021 Another Crystal Hill Elementary School parent told the news station that her kindergartner was forced to do the same thing last year because her daughter reportedly filled the commode with too much tissue. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Mom wants teacher fired for making kindergartner clean toilet," 10 Mar. 2021 Maybe Dad folds laundry on the couch while his kindergartner builds a block tower on the floor. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "Time Management Tricks to Take Back Control of Your Calendar," 8 Mar. 2021 What began in a church choir as a kindergartner now finds a cinematic bookend in Tran’s 30s, with a role and a prayer. Washington Post, "Kelly Marie Tran’s journey to becoming a fighting Disney princess: ‘It feels like an absolute miracle’," 5 Mar. 2021 Brandon Michon, the father of a 5-year-old kindergartner who went viral in the video, told the Washington Examiner he's heard words of gratitude from parents across the nation who couldn't speak up themselves. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "'Spiraling out of control': DC-area parents clamor for full return to classrooms," 3 Mar. 2021 At the school, J. escorted one of his daughters, a kindergartner, to her classroom. New York Times, "Risking Everything to Come to America on the Open Ocean," 28 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of kindergartner

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Apr 2021

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“Kindergartner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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