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

In addition to the council, UCF and Valencia are working with the OCPS Academic Center for Excellence, which opened in August and serves children in preschool through eighth-grade. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Valencia and UCF name community engagement director for downtown campus," 11 July 2018 The Reflections program offers students in preschool through grade 12 from schools with active PTAs an opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Earth Day observances set in North Olmsted, Lakewood: A Place in the Sun," 16 Apr. 2018 Holy Angels Catholic School enrolls students in preschool through eighth grade. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora school closes for rest of week due to flu outbreak," 7 Feb. 2018 Eastin would work toward offering universal preschool for all children in California, and wants to expand the school year for students from 180 days to 200 days. Los Angeles Times Staff, latimes.com, "Where the candidates for California governor stand on the state's biggest issues," 4 June 2018 What does change as kids reach preschool age is how those around them react to their crying or frustration. Jessica Machado, chicagotribune.com, "If we don't want our sons to be monstrous men, we have to help them curb their anger," 3 June 2018 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

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Why do preschool teachers make so little money, for example, while the people who design annoying banner ads do pretty well for themselves? Alana Semuels, New York Times, "Are More and More People Working Meaningless Jobs?," 26 June 2018 Maria Maxbauer, a young preschool teacher, traveled more than five hours from her hometown of Neuburg to take part in the workshop. Jona Kallgren, The Christian Science Monitor, "Syrian refugees share traditional Arab dance with Berliners," 24 Apr. 2018 The Round Lake area currently has about 3,000 students who are 3 and 4 years old but not enrolled in preschool. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Some Lake County preschool programs to grow with new state dollars," 4 July 2018 Refreshments will be served and child care for preschool-age children and younger will be provided. Lisa Gueli Regnante, Howard County Times, "Old-time folk music stars kick off Glen Mar concerts [Ellicott City]," 21 June 2018 Police later found a suicide note in his pocket, Dill’s new employer, Santa Clara Unified, serves over 21,000 students in preschool through high school as well as adult education at 27 schools. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Dieguito Superintendent Eric Dill resigns for new post," 1 June 2018 The Glencoe Park District will expand its services and programming starting this fall at its Children’s Circle full-day preschool, with plans to hire new teachers and shifting some classroom assignments at its Takiff Center headquarters. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe to expand Children's Circle full-day preschool offerings," 24 May 2018 Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. Author: Garance Burke, Martha Mendoza, Anchorage Daily News, "Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters," 20 June 2018 Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. ... Li Zhou, Vox, "Report: babies and toddlers are being separated from their families and held in shelters," 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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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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