A kindergarten class with their teacher.
- The definition of kindergarten is a class which students attend when they reach age 5 or 6 that prepares them to enter first grade.
The academic year that occurs before first grade where students develop basic skills and learn social behavior is an example of kindergarten.
Origin of kindergartenGerman literally , children's garden, coined (1840) by Friedrich (Wilhelm August) Froebel ; from kinder, genitive plural of kind, child (see kind) + garten, garden
Origin of kindergartenGerman : Kinder, genitive pl. of Kind, child (from Middle High German kint, from Old High German kind; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots) + Garten, garden (from Middle High German garte, from Old High German garto; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots).
- An educational institution for young children, usually between ages 4 and 6; nursery school.
- (US) The elementary school grade before first grade.