Definition of kindergarten in English:



  • 1(in Britain and Australia) an establishment where children below the age of compulsory education play and learn; a nursery school.

    • ‘Four children in Singapore are believed to have died from the disease which has infected about 1150 people there, prompting the city-state to close all kindergartens and childcare centres.’
    • ‘Robert Fulghum is right to say that the world would be a much better place if everyone would do what they learned in kindergarten.’
    • ‘It wasn't just a question of choosing the right kindergarten and school, it was the right kind of party bag and the right sort of cake.’
    • ‘Not until World War II sent mothers back into the workforce did the Commonwealth government subsidise crèches and kindergartens.’
    • ‘He sounds like a kindergarten teacher explaining to little kids about imagination.’
    • ‘If both parents wish to resume careers, they will find that the cost of childcare in some Scottish kindergartens is twice as much per week as it is in Finland per month.’
    • ‘Contrast this with PowerPoint: children can learn it in kindergarten, it is so easy.’
    • ‘She added that Play Days would not be in competition with the kindergarten, which provides care in the mornings or afternoons and not all day.’
    • ‘She was a bright child and very good at drawing and writing, so that the morning kindergarten was a godsend to her, and to me.’
    • ‘Its stronghold is in Gaza, where it has curried loyalty from impoverished Palestinians by offering an array of social services, from kindergartens to health clinics.’
    • ‘The unattractive appearance of the lesions may worry parents, and children are often barred from schools and kindergartens because of fear of spread of the infection.’
    • ‘He visited a range of educational establishments, from kindergarten to university.’
    • ‘He said he was too busy and came to Glasgow to open a kindergarten instead.’
    • ‘In addition, the church will sharply reduce its extensive support for kindergartens and cut the number of religion teachers it sends to public schools.’
    • ‘Her role, and that of other men and women, in urging education for women resulted in the establishment of kindergartens and the Advanced School for Girls, the first government secondary school for girls in Australia.’
    • ‘The toys were then taken to the north of Albania by the charity and distributed between the kindergartens there.’
    • ‘The ability to see patterns is usually not a liability, in fact it is one of the primary skills taught in schools from kindergarten to college.’
    • ‘Are we to believe the little tinkers were using language of the kindergarten?’
    • ‘We've secured funds to build houses, health centres and kindergartens.’
    • ‘I discussed negotiation skills in business schools, sang nursery rhymes in kindergartens and lectured on contemporary British culture at numerous universities for the British Council.’
    1. 1.1(in North America) a class or school that prepares children, usually five- or six-year-olds, for the first year of formal education.
      • ‘Many of the earliest kindergartens in the United States served the purpose of easing the acculturation of newly arrived immigrant children.’
      • ‘She recognized kids from her kindergarten class and waved to a few as she leaned out the window.’
      • ‘When I graduated I taught kindergarten and second grade in a suburban school district.’
      • ‘The oldest child is five now, and he's one of the brightest boys in his kindergarten class.’
      • ‘Phonemic awareness can be incorporated into preschools and kindergartens in a developmentally appropriate fashion.’
      • ‘His dream was finally realized when the state mandated the existence of public school kindergartens in every school district.’
      • ‘This represented a major shift in the literacy culture of the kindergarten teachers at this school.’
      • ‘It had been her birthday party, where she had had to invite the whole kindergarten class.’
      • ‘Their younger schoolmates in preschool and kindergarten tied fabric scraps together.’
      • ‘The children, who were 7 years old, were asked to compare their new primary school experiences with those from their kindergartens.’
      • ‘I thought of the convent school in which I was educated from kindergarten to high school.’
      • ‘There are private kindergartens or pre-schools, but first grade is the first step they take into the school they will attend for six years, and it is the beginning of academic life.’
      • ‘In North America, kindergartens are often found in large buildings, typically in the same building as primary grades.’
      • ‘Then we invited the kindergarten classes to visit our cave and learn about the oldest paintings in the world.’
      • ‘Educators have criticized the emphasis on an exclusively academic curriculum versus a play-centered and developmentally appropriate curriculum in some preschools and kindergartens.’
      • ‘Another focus of the kindergarten science curriculum is to understand weather concepts.’
      • ‘Audra wouldn't even be able to graduate from kindergarten, let alone high school!’
      • ‘Little Johnny was in his kindergarten class when the teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living.’
      • ‘Since the late 1980s, most private kindergartens in Hong Kong have lacked government funding and have been able to afford only older, less powerful computers.’
      • ‘Until the early 1990s, teachers in most kindergartens in Hong Kong had no official curriculum guidelines for integrating computers into the early childhood curriculum.’


Mid 19th century: from German, literally children's garden.