adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈbȯrd How to pronounce aboard (audio) \

Definition of aboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : on, onto, or within a vehicle (such as a car or ship)
b : in or into a group, association, or organization her second promotion since coming aboard
3 baseball : on base

Definition of aboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: on, onto, within go aboard ship aboard a plane

Examples of aboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb or adjective The first landslide struck the village hours after a Sriwijaya Air passenger jet crashed into the Java Sea upon takeoff from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, in heavy rains, killing all 62 aboard. New York Times, "At Least 12 Dead in 2 Landslides in Indonesia," 9 Jan. 2021 Among other efforts, the not-for-profit worked to bring aboard a second manufacturer of artesunate, an injectable drug used to treat severe cases of malaria, so that supplies of the vital treatment would remain available. Popular Science, "COVID-19 could make malaria surge, but African aid workers are fighting back," 7 Jan. 2021 After weeks spent negotiating a potential deal to bring aboard a veteran backstop, the Angels on Saturday narrowly missed an opportunity to add former Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann to their roster. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Angels narrowly lose to Mets in trying to sign catcher James McCann," 12 Dec. 2020 Cable car operators kept watch over the empty vehicle, inviting people to climb aboard and pose for selfies or photos taken by the gripmen, who gripped smart phones and cameras instead of the underground cable that propels the cars. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "The cable cars are back — but only for photos," 26 Sep. 2020 In October 2018, a 737 Max operated by Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea minutes after takeoff in Indonesia, killing all 189 aboard. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Boeing 737 Max returns to US skies with first commercial flight on American Airlines," 30 Dec. 2020 Juan Pablo Leon, who rode La Reina Del Sur 1 to victory in the California Breeders Freshman Stakes, is back aboard. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Santa Anita ready for signature season," 26 Dec. 2020 All aboard were dead except one member of the U.N. staff, who died a few days later. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘The Golden Thread’ Review: Who Killed Dag Hammarskjöld?," 21 Dec. 2020 While there's a chance that Prince William could have ridden the train before, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton have reportedly never been aboard. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Secret History of the Royal Family's Train," 16 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition He has been egged on by allies like his lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who accompanied the president to Florida aboard Air Force One. CBS News, "COVID relief bill flown to Florida, where Trump went golfing," 26 Dec. 2020 He has been egged on by allies like his lawyer, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who accompanied the president to Florida aboard Air Force One. Time, "President Trump Golfs as COVID-19 Relief and Government Shutdown Hang in the Balance," 25 Dec. 2020 There was no one aboard the boat at the time and no injuries were reported. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Fire destroys 50-foot boat in Pompano Beach," 2 Dec. 2020 Dozens of firefighters rushed to the scene, where thick smoke billowed into the air, and officials warned that hazardous materials were aboard and leaking. AZCentral.com, "The biggest Arizona headlines of 2020, from COVID-19 to the elections," 28 Dec. 2020 Everyone seems to agree on one fact: A ship really did sink in the icy waters of the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, and approximately 1,500 passengers aboard that ship died. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Wild Conspiracy Theory That the Titanic Never Sank," 18 Dec. 2020 About 2,000 passengers aboard the Quantum of the Seas vessel were informed of the development by the ship’s captain over the public announcement system at about 2:45 a.m. local time. Fortune, "A 2,000-person Royal Caribbean cruise to nowhere didn’t end well," 9 Dec. 2020 Avenue 5 is one of a series of enormous planetary cruise liners operated by the world's dumbest capitalist, who happens to be aboard when things go very awry. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "What we’re binging: TV, films, and streams that bring comfort in a weird year," 26 Nov. 2020 The names of those aboard the plane and their relationship were not disclosed by police. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Two adults, two kids survive fourth plane crash since May near North Perry Airport," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of aboard

Adverb or adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aboard

Adverb or adjective

Middle English abord, probably in part borrowed from Middle French a bord, a bort "on board," in part from Middle English a- a- entry 1 + bord "board, side of a ship" — more at board entry 1


Middle English abord, derivative of abord aboard entry 1

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“Aboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aboard. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on, onto, or within a train, a ship, an airplane, etc.

English Language Learners Definition of aboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: on or into (a train, ship, etc.)


\ ə-ˈbȯrd How to pronounce aboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of aboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on, onto, or within a ship, train, bus, or airplane No one aboard was injured.

Kids Definition of aboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: on or into especially for passage Go aboard ship.

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