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lodger

[loj-er]
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noun
  1. a person who lives in rented quarters in another's house; roomer.

Origin of lodger

1250–1300; Middle English loger tent-dweller. See lodge, -er1
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Examples from the Web for lodger

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  • Aye, I suppose he's only a lodger;—yes, this must be the place.

  • He fired his first broadside before his lodger entered the barn.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • He remained, looking at his lodger with a troubled expression.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • "I guess likely he hasn't forgotten," she said afterwards, in conversation with her lodger.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for lodger

lodger

noun
  1. a person who pays rent in return for accommodation in someone else's house
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Word Origin and History for lodger

n.

early 14c., originally "tent-dweller," agent noun from lodge (v.). From c.1200 as a surname. Meaning "one who lives in rented rooms" is from 1590s.

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