(US) The elementary school grade before first grade.
Other Word Forms of Kindergarten
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
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