preschool

adjective
pre·​school | \ ˈprē-ˌskül, (ˌ)prē-ˈskül\

Definition of preschool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or constituting the period in a child's life that ordinarily precedes attendance at elementary school

preschool

noun
pre·​school | \ ˈprē-ˌskül \

Definition of preschool (Entry 2 of 2)

: a school for children usually younger than those attending elementary school or kindergarten : nursery school

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Examples of preschool in a Sentence

Noun

children excited about starting preschool

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ruya, known by her teachers for her charisma and confidence, would have started preschool classes at the Learning Lab next week. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "A slain refugee was set to start preschool Monday. Despite tragedy, staffers carry hope.," 6 July 2018 Already, her son attends preschool classes in Yup'ik. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "The latest language immersion program for Anchorage students: Yup’ik," 23 Apr. 2018 This marks the 19th year that FOLK has presented the mini-grants to help teachers' work in preschool classes through grade 12. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Killingly Teachers Receive FOLK Awards," 28 Mar. 2018 Preschool Fun Oconomowoc Rec’s preschool classes are running a short session this spring. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Registration now open for Oconomowoc spring and summer rec classes," 13 Mar. 2018 This Election Day’s edition includes programs for people all the way from preschool tots through K-12 students to adults in community college. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle property-tax levy to test voters’ generosity toward education," 15 Oct. 2018 Of course, there are also some studies (like the famous Perry preschool experiment) that have found promising results for other preschools. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "The problem with Jeff Bezos’s $2 billion gift to charity," 21 Sep. 2018 Carlos Somonte/Netflix Yalitza Aparicio was studying to become a preschool teacher when her sister encouraged her to attend a film audition. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma’s Yalitza Aparicio had never acted before. Now she’s in one of the year’s buzziest films.," 14 Dec. 2018 Coming up on her third birthday, Charlotte already attends preschool at Willcocks Nursery School, near the family home of Kensington Palace. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Charlotte Facts You Need to Know Right Now," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The current community center offers ice skating rinks, athletic fields, a preschool, a gymnasium and other amenities. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "$50M bond sale for Robert Crown construction approved by Evanston aldermen," 11 July 2018 Groups will be broken up into the following: preschool to second grade; third to fifth grade, sixth to eighth grade. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 20 June 2018 The district has nine school buildings: a preschool, six elementary schools, Milford Junior High School and Milford High School. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Top Workplaces Cincinnati: Honoring the top 15 large workplaces in our region," 7 June 2018 When the talk turned to family, Gudgell mentioned to Allen The Orcas Island Children’s House, a preschool where his sister, Mason, was the executive director. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "How Paul Allen quietly saved an Orcas Island preschool," 19 Oct. 2018 Like many preschools, the Conway center does not have children spend time working at a computer and manipulating a mouse. Leslie Postal, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ready for kindergarten? Florida's new test found many youngsters were not," 5 July 2018 Launched in September by the Amazon CEO and his wife MacKenzie, the fund’s dual mission is to provide aid for the homeless and to fund a network of nonprofit preschools. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday shoppers chose their screens over brick-and-mortar stores," 26 Nov. 2018 Last week, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced plans to donate $2 billion in funding to existing nonprofits helping homeless families, and create a network of nonprofit preschools in low-income communities. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "Want to end homelessness? Start with getting people into recovery," 21 Sep. 2018 The same email listed the names and addresses of several preschools in Arlington, Virginia, though the chairman’s children did not attend any of them, officials said. Washington Post, "Man accused of threatening to kill FCC chairman’s family," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of preschool

Adjective

1914, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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preschool

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of preschool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to the time in a child's life when the child is old enough to talk and walk but is not ready to go to school

preschool

noun

English Language Learners Definition of preschool (Entry 2 of 2)

: a school for very young children

preschool

adjective
pre·​school | \ ˈprē-ˌskül \

Kids Definition of preschool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to the time in a child's life that comes before attendance at school

preschool

noun

Kids Definition of preschool (Entry 2 of 2)

: a school for children usually under five years old who are too young for kindergarten

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