[ loj-er ]
/ ˈlɒdʒ ər /


a person who lives in rented quarters in another's house; roomer.

Origin of lodger

1250–1300; Middle English loger tent-dweller. See lodge, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for lodger


/ (ˈlɒdʒə) /


a person who pays rent in return for accommodation in someone else's house
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Word Origin and History for lodger



early 14c., originally "tent-dweller," agent noun from lodge (v.). From c.1200 as a surname. Meaning "one who lives in rented rooms" is from 1590s.

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