[ bawr-der, bohr- ]
/ ˈbɔr dər, ˈboʊr- /


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

British Dictionary definitions for boarder


/ (ˈbɔːdə) /


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).

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