What does Kindergarten mean?

Definitions for Kindergarten
ˈkɪn dərˌgɑr tn, -dnKin·der·garten

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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

    Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. kindergarten

    A type of nationalized public service created and designed to provide a variety of services for children with the accurate and specific ability, experience, management, employees, knowledge, skills, training and qualifications to provide the service responsibly.

    Kindergarten is a form of public service, education and school for children.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Kindergarten

    Expresses the German for a children’s garden or playground. The system of juvenile education so called aims at self-tuition by means of toys and games.

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  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

Examples of Kindergarten in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. United States:

    When my son was in Kindergarten, one of his classmates was a homeless girl, she always stared at my son's lunch pail, and my son always gave her something to eat. I felt like I( could) do something. I can cook. So that's how I started.

  3. Warren Gunnels:

    This country made a commitment a very long time ago to provide tuition free education from kindergarten to the 12th grade, and right now a college education is just as important as a high school degree was 50 years ago.

  4. Monica Marta-Ely:

    We haven't had clean water since he was in kindergarten.

  5. Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman:

    It is absolutely shocking to me to find out that particularly kindergarten students (who) are not supposed to have any homework at all ... are getting as much homework as a third-grader is supposed to get, anybody who's tried to keep a 5-year-old at a table doing homework for 25 minutes after school knows what that's like. I mean children don't want to be doing, they want to be out playing, they want to be interacting and that's what they should be doing. That's what's really important.

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