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[uh-bawrd, uh-bohrd] /əˈbɔrd, əˈboʊrd/
on board; on, in, or into a ship, train, airplane, bus, etc.:
to step aboard.
alongside; to the side.
Baseball. on base:
a homer with two aboard.
into a group as a new member:
The office manager welcomed him aboard.
on board of; on, in, or into:
to come aboard a ship.
all aboard!, (as a warning to passengers entering or planning to enter a train, bus, boat, etc., just before starting) Everyone get on!
Origin of aboard
1350-1400; Middle English abord(e) (see a-1, board), perhaps conflated with Middle French a bord
Can be confused
aboard, abort, abroad. Unabridged
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  • They are here, aboard the frigate which brought me, your highness.

  • When she stopped I climbed aboard on one side while Cornwood got aboard on the other side.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • We don't know what's aboard it, and we don't know where it came from, but it's our prize.

    Derelict Alan Edward Nourse
  • We were all aboard for Madrid and just pulling out of the station.

  • Half an hour later he was aboard of the cars, little dreaming of the surprise in store for him.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for aboard


adverb, adjective, preposition (postpositive)
on, in, onto, or into (a ship, train, aircraft, etc)
(nautical) alongside (a vessel)
all aboard!, a warning to passengers to board a vehicle, ship, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aboard

late 14c., probably in most cases from Old French à bord, from à "on" + bord "board," from Frankish *bord or a similar Germanic source (see board (n.2)); the "boarding" or sides of a vessel extended to the ship itself. The usual Middle English expression was within shippes borde. The call all aboard! as a warning to passengers is attested from 1838.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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