American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A school usually including the first three or four grades of elementary school and sometimes kindergarten.
- n. See elementary school.
- n. education The first formal, obligatory school. Usually begins with kindergarten or first grade and ends at fifth or sixth grade.
- n. a school for young children; usually the first 6 or 8 grades
“It had two; the smaller devoted to a primary school of a few boys and girls, over which Moses Waddel Dobbins, a nephew of the Rector, presided.”
“We had twenty-four market days, six temple fairs, and a primary school that GaoLing and I went to when we were not helping our family at home.”
“It did not include just the primary school — the lack of kindergardens, the neglect of the humanities — it included all, also vocation.”
“Had none of the object been visible the probability is that she would not have dreamed of uncovering it; but the sight of part of what was obviously a piece of modelling in clay, and therefore something upon which she felt herself to be an authority, for she had trained for primary school teaching, proved to be too stimulating to her curiosity to be ingored.”
“—Mohammed Siddique Khan, a British primary school teacher, who blew himself up on the London Underground, speaking on his al-Qaeda “martyrdom” videotape in 2005”
“As we have seen, the great bulk of the new jobs were of two types: low-level information-processing jobs such as file clerks, secretaries, typists, and receptionists; and low-level people-processing jobs such as nurses, primary school teachers, retail sales help, medical and dental assistants, guidance counsellors, and social workers.”
“The growing recognition of the world was evidenced in his appointment as director of the Normal Singing School of Paris, the primary school of the Conservatory.”
“Ringleader Mohammed Siddique Khan, known widely as “Sid,” was a beloved teacher at a primary school in the northern city of Leeds, teaching handicapped children, and the happily married thirty-year-old father of a baby daughter, with another kid on the way.”
“They have besides at Nagasaki a commercial school (1892) with 380 pupils; at Osaka (1898) a commercial school with 498 pupils; at Yokohama (1902) a higher primary school with commercial courses for foreigners or Eurasians of all nationalities, with 120 pupils.”
“The community of Christian Brothers, from whom the present government took away the normal school, to incorporate it in the discredited Instituto, conducts in Panama a primary school recognized by the State, and an independent college which is now in jeopardy, being non-official.”
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