[ kin-der-gahr-tn, -dn ]
/ ˈkɪn dərˌgɑr tn, -dn /


a school or class for young children between the ages of four and six years.

Origin of kindergarten

1850–55; < German: literally, children's garden, equivalent to Kinder children (see kind2) + Garten garden

Related forms

pre·kin·der·gar·ten, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kindergarten


/ (ˈkɪndəˌɡɑːtən) /


a class or small school for young children, usually between the ages of four and six to prepare them for primary educationOften shortened to (in Australia and New Zealand): kinder, kindy, kindie

Derived Forms

kindergartener, noun

Word Origin for kindergarten

C19: from German, literally: children's garden
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