kindergarten

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

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. kincob,
  2. kind,
  3. kind of,
  4. kind-hearted,
  5. kinda,
  6. kindergartener,
  7. kindergartner,
  8. kindhearted,
  9. kindheartedly,
  10. kindjal

Origin of kindergarten

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

Related formspre·kin·der·gar·ten, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for kindergarten

kindergarten

/ (ˈkɪndəˌɡɑːtən) /

noun

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 Formskindergartener, noun

Word Origin for kindergarten

C19: from German, literally: children's garden

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Word Origin and History for kindergarten

kindergarten

n.
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