from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See elementary school.

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  • n. An elementary school or primary school.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a school for young children; usually the first 6 or 8 grades


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  • She’d had a reputation in grade school as a hellcat.

    Memory of Fire

  • I just wish I had a teacher stupid enough and bored enough in my grade school to make my pubes-cent dreams come true.


  • A grade school teacher, Mrs. Watkinson, could barely handle me because I was so frequently distracted.

    Zero Regrets

  • With college looming, the final hours of my childhood held little interest for me, like the last, hot afternoon of grade school — report cards mailed, desks cleaned, every eye on the needle-thin second hand making its glacial sweep around the clock face.

    Land of the Blind

  • "You must have been in grade school when you read about Flying Rube Prien, deer-footed quarterback."

    Time and Again

  • It took hours just to clean out one regular-size closet in her room, packed as it was floor to ceiling with mail, boxes and bags, decades of old bills, and souvenirs dating back to grade school years.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters

  • MRS. SPEIDEL: The kids in grade school teased him about his long arms and legs, and called him Spider because of our name.



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