preschool

adjective
pre·​school | \ ˈprē-ˌskül How to pronounce preschool (audio) , (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 How to pronounce preschool (audio) \

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 Jobs that involve caregiving, like health aide or preschool teacher, are particularly low-paying, even after controlling for the high share of female workers, other work by Ms. England has found. New York Times, "Women’s Gains in the Work Force Conceal a Problem," 21 Jan. 2020 Jasper's preschool teacher, Jessica Stephens, said some people who visited were cancer survivors who shared their stories over steaming mugs and sweet treats. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Crafty koalas for Australia, a green puppy and the most creative proposal ever," 18 Jan. 2020 Warren is proposing free universal preschool, something California has already started implementing for low-income children. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "President Elizabeth Warren: Here’s what it would mean for California," 24 Jan. 2020 But some of Walsh’s biggest proposals — for instance, for state approval to redirect surplus revenue from the Convention Center to fund universal preschool programs — went nowhere. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "Walsh’s plans hinge on a big if: Beacon Hill cooperation," 9 Jan. 2020 The festival will feature carnivals games, inflatables, music from Freddie Duran Plan, preschool programs, food trucks and tours of the new facility. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "28-acre Eagles Park to open at former Mesa Junior High School," 5 Dec. 2019 There are preschool programs, camps though the teen years, young adult interns, and adults of all ages who trail guide. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Warner Nature Center doesn’t need a ‘reset’," 29 Sep. 2019 Challenges are divided up by age group (babies, toddlers and preschool, elementary, tweens and teens and adult), with different prizes and activities available for each group. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Westlake Porter Public Library ramps up summer reading program: West Shore Chatter," 4 June 2019 Because neither of my kids started school until K5, which is a bit unusual in this day and age when K4, and even K3, and definitely preschool, are all pretty popular. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MetroParent Newsletter: Teaching our kids at the same time as we teach ourselves," 9 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stacy Hunsucker was a mother of two and worked at a preschool in Charlotte, according to her obituary. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "North Carolina man accused of killing wife with eye drops," 23 Dec. 2019 Then the hairs were sealed into plastic bags to be kept at the preschool. Arkansas Online, "EAST students prepare child ID kits for preschoolers," 2 Dec. 2019 Active in the Wethersfield United Methodist Church since moving to town, Ruth volunteered much of her time at the preschool. courant.com, "Ruth Louise Drake," 9 Oct. 2019 When the situation became scrutinized — all those tangled interests, with the CHRB in an oversight role as TSG’s Santa Anita Park reeled from 30 horse deaths during its most recent meet — the sideways glances spread like a cold at a preschool. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Lesson from horse racing’s Justify, Triple Crown mess: Fix CHRB," 12 Sep. 2019 The parents' lawsuit alleges that the abuser is Jordan Silverman, a former teacher at Washington Hebrew Congregation's preschool. Daniel Burke, CNN, "Exclusive: Officials substantiate child sex abuse allegations at prominent DC synagogue's preschool," 1 July 2019 Catholic teachings are not taught at the preschool. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "Pope tells Moroccans “we are brothers and sisters”," 31 Mar. 2019 Parents who want to send their child to a city preschool must also use the lottery. Emily Guskin, Washington Post, "Post poll finds record high 44 percent rate District public schools positively," 25 Nov. 2019 The spans are defined as birth to preschool, kindergarten to 6th grade and 7th to 12th grades. Elizabeth Aguilera, The Mercury News, "Five things to know about California’s new vaccine law," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of preschool was in 1914

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15 Feb 2020

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“Preschool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preschool. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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preschool

adjective
How to pronounce preschool (audio)

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
How to pronounce preschool (audio)

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

chiefly US : a school for very young children

preschool

adjective
pre·​school | \ ˈprē-ˌskül How to pronounce preschool (audio) \

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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