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boarder

[bawr-der, bohr-] /ˈbɔr dər, ˈboʊr-/
noun
1.
a person, especially a lodger, who is supplied with regular meals.
2.
a member of a boarding party.
Origin of boarder
1520-1530
1520-30; board + -er1
Can be confused
boarder, border.
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  • I suppose you've heard that the widder Rand has lost her boarder?

    Chester Rand Horatio Alger, Jr
  • Mr. Bentley had just driven into the yard with the new summer boarder.

  • It dont take folks long to find where they can get a good meal, an there aint a boarder at my table but speaks for himself.

    The Bail Jumper Robert J. C. Stead
  • If it wasn't for losin' a boarder they'd have bounced me long ago.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • I'd promise to turn out if you couldn't get along with me as a boarder when you've given me a fair trial.

    Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Mordaunt had already spoken to Mrs. White about receiving our hero as a boarder.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • "She's just a wonder, that girl," Mrs. Bowse said to one boarder after another.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • He was not a guest, but a boarder, and was addressed by the landlady and the boarders as Mr. Grey.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • "Until you come to the ogre," said the boarder, who was standing at the top of the stairs.

    Rudder Grange Frank R. Stockton
British Dictionary definitions for boarder

boarder

/ˈbɔːdə/
noun
1.
(Brit) a pupil who lives at school during term time
2.
(US) a child who lives away from its parents and is cared for by a person or organization receiving payment
3.
another word for lodger
4.
a person who boards a ship, esp one who forces his way aboard in an attack: stand by to repel boarders
5.
(informal) a person who takes part in sailboarding or snowboarding
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Word Origin and History for boarder
n.

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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