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“elementary school” in English

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elementary schoolnoun [ C ]

/el.ɪˈmen.tər.i ˌskuːl/ /el.ɪˈmen.t̬ɚ.i ˌskuːl/ UK old-fashioned or US

Examples from literature

  • No elementary school can really afford to miss the opportunity such work holds out. 
  • Our elementary schools and high schools have increasingly turned out a multitude of girls who could meet these requirements. 
  • Some two or three years ago it was seriously proposed that marine navigation should be taught in all the elementary schools of a certain maritime county! 
  • The excessive regard that has always been paid in our elementary schools to neat handwriting and correct spelling is characteristic of the whole Western attitude towards education. 
  • Whom shall we blame for the shortcomings of our elementary schools? 

(Definition of “elementary school” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“elementary school” in American English

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elementary schoolnoun [ C ]

us /ˌel·əˈmen·tri ˌskul, -ˈmen·tə·ri/ also grade school, primary school, dated grammar school

a school that provides the first part of a child’s education, usually for children between five and eleven years old

(Definition of “elementary school” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)