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[ uh-bawrd, uh-bohrd ]


  1. on board; on, in, or into a ship, train, airplane, bus, etc.:

    to step aboard.

  2. alongside; to the side.
  3. Baseball. on base:

    a homer with two aboard.

  4. into a group as a new member:

    The office manager welcomed him aboard.


  1. on board of; on, in, or into:

    to come aboard a ship.


/ əˈbɔːd /


  1. on, in, onto, or into (a ship, train, aircraft, etc)
  2. nautical alongside (a vessel)
  3. all aboard!
    a warning to passengers to board a vehicle, ship, etc

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Word History and Origins

Origin of aboard1

1350–1400; Middle English abord ( e ) ( a- 1, board ), perhaps conflated with Middle French a bord

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. all aboard! (as a warning to passengers entering or planning to enter a train, bus, boat, etc., just before starting) Everyone get on!

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Example Sentences

However, doubts have been raised about whether that actually makes flying safer—and airlines and passengers alike would undoubtedly prefer to know that everyone aboard has tested negative.

From Fortune

The work didn’t inspire him, however, so one day he bundled his possessions into a battered suitcase and hopped aboard a minibus taxi bound for Johannesburg — the City of Gold.

From Ozy

Elon Musk has said his eventual goal is for a one-way ticket to Mars aboard Starship to cost about the same, but that’s decades down the road.

It’s too expensive to lug heavy construction materials aboard the spacecraft.

Community members voiced their concerns over air quality Tuesday as the Navy continued to combat a fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard for a third day.

That ground hold was to stop you flying through weather that could kill you and everyone else aboard.

And then I said, ‘Well, chief, when the admiral comes aboard, the first mate has to pipe him in.’

I believe there was a captain aboard, but Hughes kept throwing him out of the cockpit.

So I dragged myself back to the train and pulled myself aboard.

People aboard the Carnival Magic have another day and a half at sea before they reach Galveston, Texas.

My orders ought to have been taken before a single unwounded Officer or man was ferried back aboard ship.

From dawn to breakfast time all hands busy slinging shells—modern war sinews—piles of them—aboard.

Dat ar train don' know hit, an' she'll go to Day ob Jedgment, an' ebery soul aboard ob her!

The Admiral came aboard and between us we tried to size up the new situation and to readjust ourselves thereto.

If you see us come down this way again, honey,” Amy said, “run down here to the shore and we will take you aboard.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.