[bawr-der, bohr-]


a person, especially a lodger, who is supplied with regular meals.
a member of a boarding party.

Origin of boarder

First recorded in 1520–30; board + -er1
Can be confusedboarder border Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boarder

Contemporary Examples of boarder

Historical Examples of boarder

  • Mr Jinkins, the only boarder invited, was on the ground first.

  • Dubuche, who was a boarder, had only joined them on half-holidays and during the long vacation.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • She had hoped he might; she liked him and she believed him to be just the sort of boarder she most desired.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I wa'n't fur astern, and every boarder on deck was all eyes and envy.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • George Kent boarded with her and one boarder was sufficient.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for boarder



British a pupil who lives at school during term time
US a child who lives away from its parents and is cared for by a person or organization receiving payment
another word for lodger
a person who boards a ship, esp one who forces his way aboard in an attackstand by to repel boarders
informal a person who takes part in sailboarding or snowboarding
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Word Origin and History for boarder

1520s, "one who has food and/or lodging at the house of another," agent noun from board (v.), in this sense from board (n.1) in the "food" sense; meaning "one who boards (an enemy's) ships" is from 1769, from a verbal sense derived from board (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper