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primary school

a school usually covering the first three or four years of elementary school and sometimes kindergarten.
Origin of primary school
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Every parish or village of more than fifty houses must have at least one primary school.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • You linger for a moment when the primary school has been dismissed.

    By the Christmas Fire

    Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Such a teacher is an undoubted treasure in the primary school.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine John Frederick Herbart
  • Up to about its primary school days a child thinks, naturally, only of play.


    Ernest Vincent Wright
  • Here education has been introduced from the primary school to the university.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • It should find a place in every primary school in the United States.

British Dictionary definitions for primary school

primary school

(in Britain) a school for children below the age of 11. It is usually divided into an infant and a junior section
(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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