What does kindergarten mean?

Definitions for kindergartenˈkɪn dərˌgɑr tn, -dn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kindergarten(noun)

    a preschool for children age 4 to 6 to prepare them for primary school


  1. kindergarten(Noun)

    An educational institution for young children, usually between ages 4 and 6; nursery school.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kindergarten(noun)

    a school for young children, conducted on the theory that education should be begun by gratifying and cultivating the normal aptitude for exercise, play, observation, imitation, and construction; -- a name given by Friedrich Froebel, a German educator, who introduced this method of training, in rooms opening on a garden

  2. Origin: [G., lit., children's garden; kinder (pl. of kind child, akin to E. kin kindred) + garten garden.]


  1. Kindergarten

    A kindergarten is a preschool educational institution for children. The term was created by Friedrich Fröbel for the play and activity institute that he created in 1837 in Bad Blankenburg as a social experience for children for their transition from home to school. His goal was that children should be taken care of and nourished in "children's gardens" like plants in a garden. The term kindergarten is used around the world to describe a variety of different institutions that have been developed for children ranging from the ages of two to seven, depending on the country concerned. Many of the activities developed by Fröbel are also used around the world under other names. Singing and growing plants have become an integral part of lifelong learning. Playing, activities, experience, and social interaction are now widely accepted as essential aspects of developing skills and knowledge. In most countries, kindergartens are part of the preschool system of early childhood education. In the United States, as well as in parts of Australia, such as New South Wales, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, kindergarten is the word often restricted in use to describe the first year of education in a primary or elementary school. In some of these countries, it is compulsory; that is, parents must send children to their kindergarten year. In other parts of Australia, the term 'preps' is used for compulsory pre-school, and kindergarten refers to regulated day-care for 3- and 4-year-old children.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kindergarten

    kin′dėr-gär′tn, n. an infant school on Froebel's principle (1826), in which object-lessons and games figure largely.—n. Kindergart′ner, a teacher in a kindergarten. [Ger. kinder, children, garten, garden.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Kindergarten

    schools conducted according to Froebel's system for the development of the power of observation and the memory of young children.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. kindergarten

    The greatest scheme ever devised--for the education of parents.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Ger. _kinder_, children, and Lat. _garritus_, a babbling. A place for babbling children.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kindergarten in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kindergarten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ashland County Prosecutor Chris Tunnell:

    The thought that a previously trusted kindergarten teacher would take advantage of young children in this way is horrifying.

  2. Thomas Jaeger:

    It's incredible to see them squabbling like kindergarten children, merkel said all along it's better to ignore them, and it's good news for her that they're tearing themselves apart.

  3. Captain Edmund Blackadder, Blackadder Goes Forth:

    I, on the other hand, have a degree from the University of Life, a diploma from the School of Hard Knocks, and three gold stars from the Kindergarten of Getting the Shit Kicked Out of Me.

  4. Ellen DeGeneres:

    I was coming home from kindergarten--well they told me it was kindergarten. I found out later I had been working in a factory for ten years. It's good for a kid to know how to make gloves.

  5. Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni:

    Whoever thinks this is illegal can take me to the Supreme Court, I prefer, at this time, to be taken to the Supreme Court, and not, God-forbid, to be taken to a funeral of a kindergarten child.

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