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

Definition of aboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : alongside
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 And the Broncos have a new head coach, too, with Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett coming aboard. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 20 Apr. 2022 Eventful offseason with Hill and LT Terron Armstead, among several others, coming aboard. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 Reynolds and Levy are now working on several other films, with Levy coming aboard to direct Deadpool 3 for Marvel Studios/Disney. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Mar. 2022 Fans continue coming aboard for the ride, especially in the U.S., where Roosevelt played to his largest audiences on a late 2021 tour (including selling out L.A.’s 1,200-capacity Fonda Theatre). Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 28 Feb. 2022 A month later, Mark Wahlberg, the star of Russell's The Fighter, spoke publicly in an interview with MTV about coming aboard to play Nathan Drake, the charismatic globetrotter believed to be a descendent of famed explorer Sir Francis Drake. Nick Romano, EW.com, 17 Feb. 2022 In March 2020, most operators of freight vessels banned paying passengers from coming aboard to protect crews from Covid-19. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 That focus was surely blurred when Vogel saw glue guy Alex Caruso allowed to walk to Chicago and eight mostly aging and disparate free agents coming aboard. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2021 According to reporting by Charles Gasparino in the New York Post, Gensler moved quickly after coming aboard and requested a meeting in March 2018 with then-SEC Chair Jay Clayton. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Once the attraction opens, visitors can pay to spend the night aboard the vessel. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2022 Here’s a closer look at what companies stand to gain by bringing aboard a CVO. Lisa Bennett, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 The January trip was aboard a Greenpeace vessel that ventured around the tip of the peninsula into the northwestern Weddell. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Potential buyers from the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates had recently been aboard the vessel, which comes with a waterfall and an infinity pool on one of its upper decks—and a price tag of about $83 million. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, 21 Mar. 2022 That’s not all the researchers aboard the vessel studied. Abigail Barronian, Outside Online, 18 Mar. 2022 This image provided by U.S. Coast Guard a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescues a man after he was bitten by a shark while fishing aboard a vessel near Bimini, Bahamas, Feb. 21, 2022. CBS News, 22 Feb. 2022 Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received word midday Monday the 51-year-old was bitten while aboard a vessel and a tourniquet was applied to the man’s arm to prevent further blood loss, USCG said. Travis Caldwell, CNN, 22 Feb. 2022 On Tuesday, the Coast Guard intercepted 191 Haitians aboard an overloaded vessel, about 40 miles southwest of Great Inagua, the southernmost island in the Bahamas. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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8 May 2022

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“Aboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aboard. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for aboard


\ 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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