Kindergarten meaning

kĭndər-gärtn, -dn
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.

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A program or class for four-year-old to six-year-old children that serves as an introduction to school.
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A school or class for young children, usually four to six years old, that prepares them for first grade and that develops basic skills and social behavior by games, exercises, music, simple handicrafts, etc.
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An educational institution for young children, usually between ages 4 and 6; nursery school.
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(US) The elementary school grade before first grade.
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Origin of kindergarten

  • German Kinder genitive pl. of Kind child (from Middle High German kint) (from Old High German kind genə- in Indo-European roots) Garten garden (from Middle High German garte) (from Old High German garto gher-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from German Kindergarten (“children's garden”).

    From Wiktionary