Definition of first grade in English:

first grade


mass nounNorth American
  • 1The first year of formal education.

    ‘we had been friends since first grade’
    • ‘We must provide services to children prior to entering kindergarten or first grade.’
    • ‘They enrolled their child for first grade in August.’
    • ‘Because Scout was in the first grade, she got out of school thirty minutes earlier than her brother.’
    • ‘I actually flunked first grade twice because I didn't want to be at the graduation without my parents.’
    • ‘I knew I was different when I was in first grade.’
    • ‘Here is an excerpt from a first grade reading book.’
    • ‘In first grade she sat next to me.’
    • ‘He did first grade twice, my boy.’
    • ‘Virginia and Georgia had gotten along just fine until they reached the first grade.’
    • ‘Her two older children are in sixth grade and first grade at the school.’
    • ‘By the middle of first grade, I knew what I did and didn't like.’
    1. 1.1 The set of pupils grouped together for teaching in the first year of formal education.
      ‘every kid in the first grade will receive a card’
      • ‘She taught first grade for the next 35 years.’
      • ‘One approach I enjoy with my first grade is to incorporate literature into the art unit.’
      • ‘On March 10th the first grade went to the Museum of Science and Industry!’
      • ‘My mum has my first grade class picture hanging in the hall.’
      • ‘I remember my first grade teacher clearly.’
      • ‘Last week the entire First Grade went to the Greensboro Children's Museum.’
      • ‘Most of the first grade had failed in recognizing the alphabet the year before.’
      • ‘A first grade teacher had a small number of children gathered around a table for a reading group.’
      • ‘First grade had a great time on their field trip to Ridge Ferry Park.’
      • ‘My first grade teacher, Mrs. Williams, had each of us decorate our own little brown bag the week before the Big Day.’