pre·​school·​er | \ ˈprē-ˌskü-lər How to pronounce preschooler (audio) \

Definition of preschooler

1 : a child not yet old enough for school
2 : a child attending a preschool

Examples of preschooler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 4-year-old Australian preschooler vanished during a family camping trip on Oct. 16. Chris Harris,, 9 Nov. 2021 Most parents would rather ride in the cargo hold than share a plane with a bored preschooler. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 Every preschooler through 3rd grade received a pumpkin to paint, decorate with stickers and take home. Paul Eisenberg,, 29 Oct. 2021 The nonprofit based their calculation on the average cost of sending an infant to an in-home daycare and a preschooler to a child care center in a family’s home jurisdiction. Steve Earley,, 20 Oct. 2021 Kit Stevens, a preschooler from Evanston, was sitting at the same table with his grandmother, Rebecca Stevens of Wadsworth, decorating a pumpkin as well. Steve Sadin,, 11 Oct. 2021 Their daughter, Tiffany, 41, also a teacher, started fishing as a preschooler and now brings her husband and two kids to help run the operation. Miranda Weiss, The Atlantic, 6 Oct. 2021 The preschooler first began learning how to play the piano when the pandemic began. Fox News, 6 Sep. 2021 The play place, a sensory gym for kids of all abilities ages 6 and under, is a haven for a busy-minded preschooler. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of preschooler

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Preschooler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of preschooler

: a child who is old enough to talk and walk but who is too young to go to school
: a child who goes to a preschool


pre·​school·​er | \ ˈprē-ˈskü-lər How to pronounce preschooler (audio) \

Kids Definition of preschooler

: a child of preschool age

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