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[adj. pree-skool; n. pree-skool] /adj. ˈpriˈskul; n. ˈpriˌskul/
of, relating to, or intended for a child between infancy and school age:
new methods of preschool education.
a school or nursery for preschool children.
Origin of preschool
1920-25; pre- + school1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for preschool
  • She's in preschool now, and her school's winter break doesn't start until next week.
  • They are less likely to go to preschool and much more likely to drop out of high school.
  • Orchid garden is a daycare and a preschool center which runs on donations and is organized through volunteers.
  • Because kids in the preschool set have no interest in making sure everyone gets their fair share.
  • The old joke about getting your kids ready to go to university when they start preschool has new meaning.
  • His preschool expelled him after two days for refusing to stay in his chair.
  • preschool professionals finally have a workspace of their own.
  • Parents who were not white, not rich, not able to afford a fancy preschool knew this show was designed for them.
  • In this era of testing and accountability, preschool is the last frontier.
  • And that makes her a rare fish, indeed, in the world of preschool culture.
British Dictionary definitions for preschool


  1. (of a child) under the age at which compulsory education begins
  2. (of services) for or relating to preschool children
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Word Origin and History for preschool

also pre-school, 1886, from pre- + school (n.); the noun is from 1910. Related: pre-schooling; pre-schooler.

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