living quarters and meals: In this school students must pay by the week for bed and board.
one's home regarded as exemplifying the obligations of marriage: He said he would not be responsible for her debts after she left his bed and board.
Origin of bed and board
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Related Words for bed and boardfeed
British Dictionary definitions for bed and board
sleeping accommodation and meals
divorce from bed and board US law a form of divorce whereby the parties are prohibited from living together but the marriage is not dissolved
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Idioms and Phrases with bed and board
Lodging and meals, as in Housekeepers usually earn a standard salary in addition to bed and board. This phrase was first recorded in the York Manual (c. 1403), which stipulated certain connubial duties: “Her I take ... to be my wedded wife, to hold to have at bed and at board.” Later bed was used merely to denote a place to sleep.
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