Definition of kindergarten in English:



  • 1A school or class that prepares children for first grade. A child in kindergarten is typically 5 or 6 years old.

    • ‘I thought of the convent school in which I was educated from kindergarten to high school.’
    • ‘Another focus of the kindergarten science curriculum is to understand weather concepts.’
    • ‘Until the early 1990s, teachers in most kindergartens in Hong Kong had no official curriculum guidelines for integrating computers into the early childhood curriculum.’
    • ‘Audra wouldn't even be able to graduate from kindergarten, let alone high school!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Phonemic awareness can be incorporated into preschools and kindergartens in a developmentally appropriate fashion.’
    • ‘She recognized kids from her kindergarten class and waved to a few as she leaned out the window.’
    • ‘Little Johnny was in his kindergarten class when the teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living.’
    • ‘His dream was finally realized when the state mandated the existence of public school kindergartens in every school district.’
    • ‘Then we invited the kindergarten classes to visit our cave and learn about the oldest paintings in the world.’
    • ‘Many of the earliest kindergartens in the United States served the purpose of easing the acculturation of newly arrived immigrant children.’
    • ‘In North America, kindergartens are often found in large buildings, typically in the same building as primary grades.’
    • ‘This represented a major shift in the literacy culture of the kindergarten teachers at this school.’
    • ‘Their younger schoolmates in preschool and kindergarten tied fabric scraps together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I graduated I taught kindergarten and second grade in a suburban school district.’
    • ‘The children, who were 7 years old, were asked to compare their new primary school experiences with those from their kindergartens.’
    • ‘Educators have criticized the emphasis on an exclusively academic curriculum versus a play-centered and developmentally appropriate curriculum in some preschools and kindergartens.’
    • ‘It had been her birthday party, where she had had to invite the whole kindergarten class.’
    • ‘The oldest child is five now, and he's one of the brightest boys in his kindergarten class.’
    1. 1.1 (in Britain and Australia) an establishment where children below the age of compulsory education play and learn.


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