accommodation in a house, especially in rooms for rent: to furnish board and lodging.
a temporary place to stay; temporary quarters.
  1. a room or rooms rented for residence in another's house.
  2. British.the rooms of a university student who lives neither on campus nor at home.
the act of lodging.

Origin of lodging

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at lodge, -ing1
Related formsun·der·lodg·ing, noun
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pl n

a rented room or rooms in which to live, esp in another person's house



a temporary residence
(sometimes plural) sleeping accommodation
(sometimes plural) (at Oxford University) the residence of the head of a college
See also lodgings
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Word Origin and History for lodgings



early 14c., "encampment;" late 14c., "temporary accommodation; place of residence," verbal noun from lodge (v.). Related: Lodgings.

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