A group of elementary school students.
- When you have a very basic knowledge of computer programming, this is an example of when you have an elementary knowledge.
- The very first years of your schooling that are an introduction into formal education are an example of elementary education.
The definition of elementary is something simple and basic, or the entry-level into something.
- of first principles, rudiments, or fundamentals; introductory; basic; simple
- of or having to do with the formal instruction of children in basic subjects: elementary education
Origin of elementaryMiddle English elementare from Classical Latin elementarius
- Of, relating to, or constituting the basic, essential, or fundamental part: an elementary need for love and nurturing.
- Of, relating to, or involving the fundamental or simplest aspects of a subject: an elementary problem in statistics.
- Of or relating to an elementary school or elementary education: the elementary grades; elementary teachers.
- Relating to the basic, essential or fundamental part of something.
- Relating to an elementary school.
- (physics) Relating to a subatomic particle.
- (archaic) Sublunary; not celestial; belonging to the sublunary sphere, to which the four classical elements (earth, air, fire and water) were confined; composed of or pertaining to these four elements.
From Middle French élémentaire.