boarding school


a school at which the pupils receive board and lodging during the school term (distinguished from day school).

Origin of boarding school

First recorded in 1670–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boarding school

Contemporary Examples of boarding school

  • When I was in 10th grade, I lay on the deck of my boarding-school dorm and read this book instead of studying for my spring exams.

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    Curtis Sittenfeld

    July 28, 2009

Historical Examples of boarding school

  • But I'd rather have been at a boarding-school in the country; I do so detest London.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • Along with his brother Charles he was educated at a boarding-school.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • She's been to boarding-school and made some swell friends there, and they've taken her to Europe with 'em.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • Why don't you send her away to boarding-school, if it is so serious a matter as that?

    Hooking Watermelons

    Edward Bellamy

  • You really intend to keep a lady's boarding-school here at the Court?

    Country Lodgings

    Mary Russell Mitford

British Dictionary definitions for boarding school

boarding school


a school providing living accommodation for some or all of its pupils
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