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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Synonyms for preschool

Synonyms: Noun

day nursery, nursery, nursery school

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Examples of preschool in a Sentence

Noun

children excited about starting preschool

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Schools then also screen potential applicants to identify the most at-risk children, the ones that could benefit the most from preschool. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Some Lake County preschool programs to grow with new state dollars," 4 July 2018 Greenwood Gators offers swim lessons from preschool to advanced levels as well as parent and child classes. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what you need to know to prevent drownings," 13 June 2018 Founded in 1969, Mercy Montessori is Cincinnati's first and oldest Montessori school, serving students from preschool through eighth grade. Kelsey Butler, Cincinnati.com, "Mercy Montessori is helping students grow with unique programs," 8 June 2018 Strongsville has a comprehensive music program from preschool to 12th grade. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Polaris Baking and Pastry Arts students shine at state competition: Strong Points," 13 May 2018 The San Ysidro School District, one of the poorest in the county, serves about 5,000 students from preschool to 8th grade at eight campuses. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Ysidro School District searches for new superintendent," 21 Feb. 2018 Reports of employees' potential abuse and neglect of preschool students continued during that period, according to the federal Office of Head Start. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Parents allege abuse at JCPS preschool drastically changed daughter," 19 June 2018 The book gives new details on the Pences’ close partnership, including suggesting Karen Pence was behind some of her husband’s major shifts in decisions as governor — such as his sudden refusal of federal preschool funding. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Why Mike Pence's selection as VP was seen as a reward for his faithfulness and other revelations in new book," 12 June 2018 But when Jake’s preschool director, played by Octavia Spencer, points out that his gender transgressive play may be more than a phase, the couple rethinks their parenting skills and relationship. Tre'vell Anderson, latimes.com, "The real-life lessons to be learned from 'A Kid Like Jake'," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When a spot at Sasha’s preschool became open, choices had to be made — that day, by four o’clock. Claire Dederer, The Cut, "What I’d Like to Tell My New-Mom Self," 30 May 2018 The training is required by Sabrina Seale, the preschool's owner. Adriana Diaz, CBS News, "Active shooter drills for preschool teachers a new normal for schools," 29 May 2018 The children at the university preschools were mostly from white, educated, middle-to-upper class families. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Kids Today Are Actually More Patient Than Kids 50 Years Ago," 11 July 2018 The rooms seen by the first lady on Thursday felt like any other preschool or early-learning school in Arizona. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "5 things we learned from Melania Trump's visit to Arizona," 28 June 2018 And there are efforts now on the reservation to keep the language alive: preschools where the kids learn Lakota, apps. refinery29.com, "Finally, A Western That's Not About A Dude & His Horse," 26 June 2018 The prime minister also plans to raise the sales tax in 2019 to help fund social projects, including free preschools. Yoshiaki Nohara, Bloomberg.com, "In One of the World’s Richest Countries, Most Single Mothers Live in Poverty," 24 June 2018 The second-least populated state in the country nabbed eighth place overall for education and number one for preschool enrollment. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Yes, You Should Move Your Family to Vermont," 20 June 2018 CBS News' Adriana Diaz visited Cummings Great Expectations, a preschool designed for children exposed to lead, where students get more individual attention, and speech and physical therapy. CBS News, "Pediatrician who sounded alarm on Flint's water still doesn’t drink tap water there – or anywhere," 20 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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The first known use of preschool was in 1914

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More Definitions for preschool

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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