ˌprē-ˈprī-ˌmer-ē How to pronounce preprimary (audio)
variants or pre-primary
: of, relating to, or being the period in a child's life or education that ordinarily precedes attendance at primary school
preprimary children
preprimary schools/education
Preprimary programs are groups or classes that are organized to provide educational experiences for children and include kindergarten and preschool programs.National Center for Education Statistics
: occurring prior to a political primary (see primary entry 2 sense 5b)
made a preprimary speech

Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of preprimary was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Preprimary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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