The definition of kindergarten is a class which students attend when they reach age 5 or 6 that prepares them to enter first grade.(noun)
The academic year that occurs before first grade where students develop basic skills and learn social behavior is an example of kindergarten.
See kindergarten in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Ger, lit., children's garden, coined (1840) by Friedrich (Wilhelm August) Froebel < kinder, gen. pl. of kind, child (see kind) + garten, garden
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noun Abbr. K
Origin: : Kinder
Origin: , genitive pl. of Kind, child (from Middle High German kint, from Old High German kind; see genə- in Indo-European roots)
Origin: + Garten, garden (from Middle High German garte, from Old High German garto; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots).
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