Word forms: plural pre-schools
Definitionspronunciation note: Pronounced (priːskuːl
) for meaning [sense 1], and (priːskuːl
) for meaning [sense 2].
1. adjective [ADJECTIVE noun]
Pre-school is used to describe things relating to the care and education of children before they reach the age when they have to go to school. [written]
⇒ Looking after pre-school children is very tiring.
⇒ The Halsey Report emphasized the value of a pre-school education.
2. variable noun
In the United States, a pre-school is a school for children between the ages of 2 and 5 or 6.
⇒ Children graduate to the kindergarten, then pre-school, and then school.
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