primary school


: a school usually including the first three grades of elementary school but sometimes also including kindergarten

Examples of primary school in a Sentence

She goes to primary school.
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Word History


translation of French école primaire

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of primary school was in 1792

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“Primary school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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