primary school

noun

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.

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Wednesday's burst submerged buildings across a 1.2-mile radius, including homes and a primary school. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Kenya dam bursts, killing at least 41 and sweeping away houses in ‘sea of water’," 10 May 2018 My research on primary school textbooks from 1979 to 2009 shows that official concern with the continuity of national identity did not end with the revolution. Shervin Malekzadeh, Washington Post, "What Trump doesn’t get about ideology in Iran. It’s about nationalism, not theocracy.," 25 June 2018 Today the campus is home to more than 100 orphans, plus a clinic, a primary school that enrolls 450 students, and a new secondary school that enrolls another 50. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "This Young Woman Is Fighting Poverty in Tanzania by Teaching Women to Make Clothes," 8 Mar. 2019 The global share of children who do not attend primary school has fallen from 28% in 1970 to 9% in 2016. The Economist, "Universal lessons," 5 July 2018 The five secondary day schools in Kakuma face many of the same problems as primary schools. Sarah Butrymowicz, Marie Claire, "Refugee Girls Want to Change the World. Will We Let Them?," 7 Jan. 2019 The case against Ongwen, now aged about 40, poses difficult questions for judges about whether a boy snatched on his way to primary school and raised in a cult-like group renowned for its brutality can also be considered a perpetrator of crimes. Mike Corder, Fox News, "Defense lawyer casts Ugandan war crimes defendant as victim," 18 Sep. 2018 The case against Ongwen, now aged about 40, poses difficult questions for judges about whether a boy snatched on his way to primary school and raised in a cult-like group renowned for its brutality can also be considered a perpetrator of crimes. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "Defense lawyer casts Ugandan war crimes defendant as victim," 18 Sep. 2018 The couple also heard from primary school children on the show, and later from the young creators of a campaign video. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Chose a Turquoise Emilia Wickstead Dress for a Visit to the BBC," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of primary school

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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primary school

noun

English Language Learners Definition of primary school

: a school for young children

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