Definition of kindergarten in English:


Syllabification: kin·der·gar·ten
Pronunciation: /ˈkindərˌɡärtn
, ˈkindərˌɡärdn


A school or class that prepares children for first grade. A child in kindergarten is typically 5 or 6 years old.
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  • In North America, kindergartens are often found in large buildings, typically in the same building as primary grades.
  • His dream was finally realized when the state mandated the existence of public school kindergartens in every school district.
  • Little Johnny was in his kindergarten class when the teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living.


mid 19th century: from German, literally 'children's garden'.



Pronunciation: /-ˌɡärtnər, -ˌɡärd-/
(also kindergartner) noun
More example sentences
  • The diminished status of the language specialist is acknowledged in the following comment from an ELA teacher who works with kindergartners.
  • These stories outline the basic requirements for kindergartners through high schoolers, as well as for school athletes and college students.
  • With the exception of one student, all, including my kindergartners, became competent readers in Spanish.

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