I. adjective Date: 1914 of, relating to, or constituting the period in a child's life that ordinarily precedes attendance at elementary school II. noun Date: circa 1925 a school for children usually younger than those attending elementary school or kindergarten ; nursery school

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  • preschool — (adj.) 1924, from PRE (Cf. pre ) + SCHOOL (Cf. school) (n.); the noun is from 1934 …   Etymology dictionary

  • preschool — [n] nursery school day care center, kindergarten, playgroup, pre K; concept 287 …   New thesaurus

  • preschool — [prē′sko͞ol΄] adj. designating, of, or for a child between infancy and school age, usually one three to five years of age n. a school for very young children, usually those three to five years of age preschooler n …   English World dictionary

  • preschool — adj. /pree skoohl /; n. /pree skoohl /, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or intended for a child between infancy and school age: new methods of preschool education. n. 2. a school or nursery for preschool children. [1920 25; PRE + SCHOOL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • preschool — pre|school1 pre school [ˈpri:sku:l] adj relating to the time in a child s life before they are old enough to go to school ▪ preschool children preschool 2 preschool2 n [U and C] AmE a school for children between two and five years of age British… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • preschool — pre|school1 [ ,pri skul ] adjective relating to or intended for children who are too young to go to school: preschool children/education preschool pre|school 2 [ pri,skul ] noun count or uncount AMERICAN a school or class for children between the …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • preschool — UK [ˌpriːˈskuːl] / US [ˈprɪˌskul] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms preschool : singular preschool plural preschools a nursery school …   English dictionary

  • preschool — noun Preschool is used before these nouns: ↑child, ↑education, ↑playgroup, ↑teacher …   Collocations dictionary

  • preschool — pre•school adj. [[t]ˈpriˈskul[/t]] n. [[t]ˈpriˌskul[/t]] adj. 1) edu of, for, or concerning a child between infancy and kindergarten age 2) edu a school or nursery for preschool children • Etymology: 1920–25 pre′school′er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • preschool — 1. adjective of, or relating to early childhood, especially to those years before attendance at primary school See Also: preschooler 2. noun a nursery school …   Wiktionary

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