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

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Adverb or adjective
Enter Email Sign Up Steve Hayden enters his 42nd year as Pentucket head coach (with Georgetown coming aboard as a co-op), and Abington coach Jim Kelliher announced that his 50th year will be his last with the Green Wave. Nate Weitzer, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2023 Once the patrol team climbed aboard, Mr. Taylor flew to safety. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2023 The Federal Air Transport Agency said all aboard had died and that an investigation into the crash was underway. USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2023 With Ramon Vazquez aboard, Anarchist took the lead in the far turn and led all the way down the stretch to finish three-quarters of a length ahead of fast-closing 33-1 long shot Bye Bye Bobby. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2023 On Thursday, a preliminary US intelligence assessment found that the crash that killed all 10 people aboard was intentionally caused by an explosion, according to US and Western officials. Dasha Litvinova, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Aug. 2023 San Antonio was gone in 1994, but the Baltimore Colts, Las Vegas Posse and Shreveport Pirates came aboard. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 24 Aug. 2023 Muzaffar Khan, a district administration official in Battagram, said seven students and teacher were aboard, updating earlier reports of six students and two teachers. Mushtaq Yusufzai, NBC News, 22 Aug. 2023 While DeGeneres and de Rossi may be enjoying their one-on-one time, that hasn’t stopped them from inviting their high-profile pals aboard. Henry Chandonnet, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2023
The win aboard Prince of Monaco, the son of Speightstown, gave Prat three wins on the day. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 Scheduled to begin law school in the fall but still trying to find himself, Charlie (Wallace) opts to spend his summer vacation working alongside his brother, Tom (Foster), and his crew aboard a fishing trawler. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2023 In March 2022, a passenger (and thankfully a wilderness first responder) aboard a Frontier Airlines flight saved a woman’s life, but not after some quick thinking; the airline’s medical kit didn’t contain an oropharyngeal airway, a tool to help the woman breathe. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 7 Sep. 2023 Guests can also opt for the 2025 world cruise aboard Crystal Serenity, a 123-night adventure to 31 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and North America. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 7 Sep. 2023 Bechet shared a series of photos to her Instagram page from their time in Venice, including snapshots with both Soon-Yi and Allen aboard boats in the city's canals. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2023 Once again, we’re led through the chronicle of a mutiny aboard the USS Caine, a Navy mine-sweeper patrolling the Persian Gulf — but a mutiny that may not, in fact, have been a mutiny. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 6 Sep. 2023 Guests aboard Four Seasons Explorer can make good use of the PADI 5-Star Dive Centre while visiting such sites as Helmet Wreck, a World War II wreck; Clam City, home to 250-pound giant clams; and Peleliu Wall. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 30 Aug. 2023 In his role as crew chief aboard the Osprey, Collart would have worked to secure the safety of everyone onboard while the aircraft failed. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Aboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aboard. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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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