[ bawr-der, bohr- ]
See synonyms for boarder on
  1. a person, especially a lodger, who is supplied with regular meals.

  2. a member of a boarding party.

Origin of boarder

First recorded in 1520–30; board + -er1

Words that may be confused with boarder

Words Nearby boarder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use boarder in a sentence

  • Nevertheless, it was impossible for a boarder to preserve unspoilt a real intimacy with a day-boy.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • "Nice Mrs. Hills," said her star boarder, hugging her heartily.

    Jane Journeys On | Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Sarah, now that your mother is so improved, wouldn't you like to take a boarder?

    Jane Journeys On | Ruth Comfort Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for boarder


/ (ˈbɔːdə) /

  1. British 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

  1. another word for lodger

  2. a person who boards a ship, esp one who forces his way aboard in an attack: stand by to repel boarders

  3. informal a person who takes part in sailboarding or snowboarding

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