1 of 2

adverb or adjective

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


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
Wright said that after the film was completed, Angel Studios came aboard to handle its distribution and later partnered with The Daily Wire. Brian Welk, IndieWire, 11 July 2024 Lily Korman, Becky Korman, and Shai Korman co-exec produced, with CAA Media Finance aboard to rep the film’s North American rights. Matt Grobar, Deadline, 10 July 2024
The Titanic mission is the first since five people died aboard the OceanGate submersible vehicle Titan on June 18, 2023. George Petras, USA TODAY, 13 July 2024 Key Sailing offers sailing lessons, along with private charters aboard their 41-foot Morgan yacht, complete with refreshments, chocolates, and music. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 13 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for aboard 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

Adverb Or Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aboard was in the 14th century

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“Aboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aboard. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adverb
ə-ˈbōrd How to pronounce aboard (audio)
: on, onto, or within a vehicle (as a car, ship, or airplane)


2 of 2 preposition
: on or into especially as a passenger
go aboard ship

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