preschool

[ adjective pree-skool; noun pree-skool ]
/ adjective ˈpriˈskul; noun ˈpriˌskul /

adjective

of, relating to, or intended for a child between infancy and school age: new methods of preschool education.

noun

a school or nursery for preschool children.

Nearby words

  1. presbyterial,
  2. presbyterian,
  3. presbyterian church,
  4. presbyterianism,
  5. presbytery,
  6. preschooler,
  7. preschooling,
  8. prescience,
  9. prescient,
  10. prescientific

Origin of preschool

First recorded in 1920–25; pre- + school1

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British Dictionary definitions for preschool

preschool

pre-school

/ (priːˈskuːl) /

adjective

  1. (of a child) under the age at which compulsory education begins
  2. (of services) for or relating to preschool children
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Word Origin and History for preschool

preschool

adj.

also pre-school, 1886, from pre- + school (n.); the noun is from 1910. Related: pre-schooling; pre-schooler.

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