primary school


Definition of primary school

1 : 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The first, a facility at a primary school in the Commonwealth country of Dominica, was recently unveiled. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Charities Publicly Support Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan After They Give Up Royal Patronages," 19 Feb. 2021 One troubling analysis performed by pediatricians and public health researchers at the University of Washington found that school closures in 2020 could be cutting the life expectancy of each child in primary school by an average of three months. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19," 15 Jan. 2021 There was no middle school until 1980, and for many children, formal education ended in primary school. New York Times, "The Korean War Emptied the Town. Those Who Rebuilt It May Now Be Rewarded," 12 Jan. 2021 But kids went back to primary school for exactly one day in January before his government reversed course and closed them again amid the latest surge. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19," 15 Jan. 2021 His father was the head of a primary school; one of Martinus’s brothers and two of his sisters became primary-school teachers. New York Times, "Martinus Veltman, Who Made Key Contribution in Physics, Dies at 89," 18 Jan. 2021 An outbreak of the new variant at a primary school in the Netherlands has undermined that confidence. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "New coronavirus variant scrambles school risk calculations," 15 Jan. 2021 The second event was the 2019 collapse of a three-story building housing a nursery and a primary school, and in which many children and adults died. Enuma Okoro, Harper's BAZAAR, "Processing an Impossible Year Through Art," 28 Dec. 2020 The 56-year-old rose from the humble roots of an avocado growing family, dropped out of primary school to work in the fields, to become one of the most potent drug lords on the planet. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "From amputations to assassination attempts: Behind the violent rise of Mexico's Jalisco New Generation cartel," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of primary school

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for primary school

translation of French école primaire

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The first known use of primary school was in 1792

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“Primary school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of primary school

: a school for young children

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