- 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.
A kindergarten class with their teacher.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Ger, literally , children's garden, coined (1840) by Friedrich (Wilhelm August) Froebel from kinder, genitive plural of kind, child (see kind) plush garten, garden
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noun Abbr. K
Origin: German : Kinder, genitive pl. of Kind, child (from Middle High German kint, from Old High German kind; see genə- in Indo-European roots) + Garten, garden (from Middle High German garte, from Old High German garto; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots).