[pree-bawrd, -bohrd]

verb (used with object)

to put or allow to go aboard in advance of the usual time or before others: Passengers with disabilities will be preboarded.

verb (used without object)

to go aboard in advance.

Origin of preboard


[bawr-ding, bohr-]


wooden boards collectively.
a structure of boards, as in a fence or a floor.
the act of a person who boards a ship, train, airplane, or the like: an uneventful boarding.

Origin of boarding

First recorded in 1525–35; board + -ing1
Related formspre·board·ing, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for preboarding



a structure of boards, such as a floor or fence
timber boards collectively
  1. the act of embarking on an aircraft, train, ship, etc
  2. (as modifier)a boarding pass
a process used in tanning to accentuate the natural grain of hides, in which the surface of a softened leather is lightly creased by folding grain to grain and the fold is worked to and fro across the leather
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Word Origin and History for preboarding



1530s, "supplying of meals, food and lodging," from board (n.1) in its extended sense of "food" (via notion of "table"). Boarding-school is from 1670s; boarding house attested from 1728.

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