I am looking for the counterpart of the term "teenager" for those who are younger than 10 years old. A single word that means something like "elementary school student" is helpful as well.

  • Younger than ten? - a newborn baby? an infant? a tiny tot? a toddler? a child? a kid? – Centaurus Nov 2 '16 at 23:49
  • @Centaurus I am looking for a formal term for students in elementary schools. I mean "teenager" is formal to middle/high school students and I want an analogous term for younger people. – cr001 Nov 3 '16 at 0:04
  • There's "preteen", but that's generally taken to include those up through age 12, and tends to exclude kids younger than 8 or 10. – Hot Licks Nov 3 '16 at 0:38
  • (Note that "teenager" means those between 13 and 19, inclusive.) – Hot Licks Nov 3 '16 at 0:39
  • teenage: between 13 and 19 years old. – Hot Licks Nov 3 '16 at 1:43

I don't think you're going to find a single word--if there were one, education departments would use it. Across New York State Education Department documents, students in elementary school (usually kindergarten through 5th or 6th grade, depending on the district) are referred to as "elementary students."

NY State Department of Education


The AAP calls them gradeschoolers.

Personally, I call them “school-aged children.”

Gradeschooler: 5-12 yrs.



10-12 is a tween: short form of tweenager (ˈtwēnˌājər)

noun informal

a preteen or a young teenager. "the hot Nickelodeon show for tweenagers" -- Google

So perhaps you could coin pretween, meaning younger than a tween.


a few words come to mind, you could use...

Child https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/child

"A human being below the age of puberty or below the legal age of majority."

You could also use minor http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/minor

a person under the age of full legal responsibility. "the court would take account of the minor's wishes"

  • But the "age of full legal responsibility" is generally 18, so "minor" doesn't work. – Hot Licks Nov 3 '16 at 0:40
  • I think you're right, – GreenWriter Nov 4 '16 at 1:16
  • Minor is tied with child, but it's only a synonym – GreenWriter Nov 4 '16 at 1:17

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