[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. abnormally,
  2. abnormity,
  3. abo,
  4. abo hemolytic disease of newborn,
  5. abo system,
  6. aboardage,
  7. abode,
  8. abohm,
  9. aboideau,
  10. aboil


    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 confusedaboard abort abroad

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British Dictionary definitions for aboard


/ (əˈbɔːd) /

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
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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.

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