Definition of kindergarten noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɪndəɡɑːtn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɪndərɡɑːrtn//
    (from German) Types of school
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  1. 1(especially North American English) a school or class to prepare children aged five for school See related entries: Types of school
  2. 2(British English, Australian English, New Zealand English) = nursery school See related entries: Types of school
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from German, literally ‘children's garden’.Extra examples James is in kindergarten now, but he’s moving up to infant school this autumn. My father died while I was still in kindergarten. She has been teaching kindergarten for 13 years. She teaches reading to students in kindergarten. She was still attending kindergarten at Assumption School. his first day at kindergarten their plans for Hannah to start all-day kindergarten
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