\ 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

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Included in the 21 staffers are new hires brought aboard in May; with Marta de la Hoz joining as head of reporting; Chaida Kapfunde as head of technology & development; and Quentin Martins as member operations manager. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Merlin Primed to Reach $500 Million in Annual Collections for Indie Label Members," 18 June 2018 The Raskins, brought aboard after several top Washington lawyers turned down working for Trump, couldn't be more different from Giuliani. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, "Giuliani media blitz, legal team's reshuffle hint at new Trump strategy," 5 May 2018 Officials said the Coast Guard air crew dropped a radio to the life raft and helped establish communication with the Commander, which arrived nearly 12 hours after the distress call and brought the crew aboard. Washington Post, "APNewsBreak: Wife says observer on sunken boat ‘traumatized’," 29 Mar. 2018 The Browns added a starting-caliber running back by bringing Carlos Hyde aboard on a three-year deal. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Free agency fallout: NFL draft beginning to take shape amid signings," 15 Mar. 2018 Fishermen dream of fish that obligingly jump aboard, but in the South and Midwest this is more the... Richard Adams Carey, WSJ, "‘Overrun’ Review: Too Many Fish to Fry," 12 May 2019 My favorite Carnival culture clash in Europe occurred on Carnival Vista two years ago, when several couples from Russia were aboard, on their first cruise and probably their first occasion to vacation with a large group of Americans. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "Carnival, that most American of cruise lines, won't return to Europe any time soon," 5 July 2018 The new Duchess of Sussex, 36, and the Queen, 92, disembarked in Cheshire, some 200 miles from London, via the royal train in Runcorn after spending the night aboard. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "The Duchess and the Queen! Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth Step Out Together for First Time," 14 June 2018 What he’s done as a player in the past, however, is a big part of why Martínez brought him aboard. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Ties That Bind World Cup Semifinal Foes France, Belgium Go Beyond Thierry Henry," 9 July 2018

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Fromberg, his wife and family lived in their cabin aboard Lofthus until its salvage was abandoned. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach’s maritime past lives on with Lofthus shipwreck," 21 June 2019 There were many challenges, Mr. Howes noted, because the trip was being made aboard the presidential car Ferdinand Magellan, which had been constructed by the Pullman Co. in 1943 for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and used most recently in 1958. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "John H. 'Jack' Griffin, retired CSX executive whose career spanned more than four decades, dies," 20 June 2019 In April 2017, the McBoatface sub was deployed in the Southern Ocean for its maiden research voyage aboard the RRS James Clark Ross. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Results of Boaty McBoatface’s First Research Mission Published," 20 June 2019 John was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country in the Vietnam War as a Crew Chief aboard a Cobra helicopter in the Mekong Delta. courant.com, "John Maiorca," 19 June 2019 Where Buchheim and Petersen took an agnostic, documentary approach to the all-male crews aboard their boats, this new Das Boot frames the U-boat war as a form of toxic masculinity. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 With the two tying runs aboard and one out in the fifth inning on Tuesday, Verlander took his second plate appearance. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Verlander, Astros come up short to Reds," 18 June 2019 Love was in the air Sunday night, as a couple aboard a cross-country Southwest Airlines flight bound for Baltimore tied the knot over the weekend in wedding attire, with the pilot officiating and fellow passengers looking on. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Jet-setting couple leaves Las Vegas, gets married on flight to Baltimore," 19 June 2018 Last year, a comatose Otto Warmbier, released by North Korea after more than 17 months in captivity, arrived in Cincinnati aboard a medevac flight; the 22-year-old college student, who had suffered severe brain damage, died six days later. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 13 June 2018

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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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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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