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[bawr-der, bohr-] /ˈbɔr dər, ˈboʊr-/
a person, especially a lodger, who is supplied with regular meals.
a member of a boarding party.
Origin of boarder
First recorded in 1520-30; board + -er1
Can be confused
boarder, border. Unabridged
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  • Mr Jinkins, the only boarder invited, was on the ground first.

  • Dubuche, who was a boarder, had only joined them on half-holidays and during the long vacation.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • She had hoped he might; she liked him and she believed him to be just the sort of boarder she most desired.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I wa'n't fur astern, and every boarder on deck was all eyes and envy.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • George Kent boarded with her and one boarder was sufficient.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • For the first time that morning Miss Phipps addressed her boarder directly.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He had been very insistent that she take him as boarder and lodger.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Well, I shall just pay no more attention to her than's if she was a—a boarder!


    Jane Abbott
  • Because your boarder is charming, and I am longing to enjoy her.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for boarder


(Brit) a pupil who lives at school during term time
(US) a child who lives away from its parents and is cared for by a person or organization receiving payment
another word for lodger
a person who boards a ship, esp one who forces his way aboard in an attack: stand by to repel boarders
(informal) a person who takes part in sailboarding or snowboarding
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Word Origin and History for boarder

1520s, "one who has food and/or lodging at the house of another," agent noun from board (v.), in this sense from board (n.1) in the "food" sense; meaning "one who boards (an enemy's) ships" is from 1769, from a verbal sense derived from board (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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