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pre-K

or pre-k

[ pree-key ]
/ ˈpriˈkeɪ /
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noun
a school or class for three- or four-year-old children, before kindergarten: state-funded pre-K's.
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Also called pre-kin·der·gar·ten [pree-kin-der-gahr-tn, -dn] /ˈpriˈkɪn dərˌgɑr tn, -dn/ .

Origin of pre-K

First recorded in 1965–70; pre- + K3 (in the sense “kindergarten”)
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