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primary school

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noun
  1. a school usually covering the first three or four years of elementary school and sometimes kindergarten.
  2. elementary school.

Origin of primary school

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for primary school

Historical Examples

  • There seemed to be no disagreement on the question of educating boys and girls of primary-school age together.

    Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents

    Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.


British Dictionary definitions for primary school

primary school

noun
  1. (in Britain) a school for children below the age of 11. It is usually divided into an infant and a junior section
  2. (in the US and Canada) a school equivalent to the first three or four grades of elementary school, sometimes including a kindergarten
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