- 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.
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.