preprimary

adjective \ ˌprē-ˈprī-ˌmer-ē , -ˈprī-mə-rē , -ˈprīm-rē \
variants: or pre-primary

Definition of preprimary

1 : 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
2 : occurring prior to a political primary (see 2primary 5b)
  • made a preprimary speech

First Known Use of preprimary

1903

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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