board·​er | \ ˈbȯr-dər How to pronounce boarder (audio) \
plural boarders

Definition of boarder

1 : one that boards especially : one that is provided with regular meals or regular meals and lodging Mrs. Eads was able to rent the upstairs of a house that faced the river. It was evidently large enough for her to take in boarders and so bring in some income. — Henry Petroski
2a : a person who rides a snowboard : snowboarder More and more adult boarders are appearing on the slopes of Western ski resorts …— Ben Davidson
b : a person who rides a skateboard : skateboarder Skateboarding is the fastest-growing extreme sport in the United States, with more than 3 million new boarders taking up sport in 2003.— Michael Lisi

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Synonyms & Antonyms for boarder


lessee, lodger, renter, roomer, tenant


landlord, lessor, letter

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Examples of boarder in a Sentence

She decided to take in boarders. Half of the students are boarders.

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Nets in place over the deck, meant to repel enemy boarders, ended up trapping more than 500 sailors aboard as the ship went down. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Tiny magnets will escort ions out of rare material from a shipwreck," 24 Aug. 2018 The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of their first NBA title, while the defending champions Golden State Warriors are on the brink of elimination with a huge Game 5 of the NBA Finals Monday night north of the boarder. Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "NBA Finals live updates: Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors Game 5 score, how to watch," 10 June 2019 To minimize the time that boarders stand around uselessly waiting, the trick is to position everyone just so in order that as many of them can be placing their bags in the overhead bins simultaneously. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Beautifully Efficient Airplane Boarding Method That Mere Humans Just Can't Pull Off," 5 Feb. 2019 Iorns was with three other paddle boarders when one member of the group saw him face down in the water behind them, a Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman told the Capital Gazette. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Double-amputee Army veteran dies while paddle boarding," 29 June 2018 Kim Lord, a management consultant who travels weekly, recently broke into Delta’s top published status tier, which boards first after people who need assistance and other pre-boarders. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Airlines’ Boarding Changes Reward Higher-Paying Travelers," 21 Dec. 2018 That same year, a Los Angeles poodle was fatally mauled while with a Rover boarder. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 Both companies are digital marketplaces where pet owners can find dog walkers, pet sitters, and boarders via an app, with most services ranging from about $20 to $50. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 Altogether, the area has more than 200 miles of runs, and one pass gains skiers and boarders access to all of them. Heidi Mitchell, Town & Country, "Skiing St. Moritz in Style," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of boarder

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of boarder was in 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of boarder

: a person who pays to live and have daily meals at another person's house or at a school
: a person who uses a snowboard


board·​er | \ ˈbȯr-dər How to pronounce boarder (audio) \

Kids Definition of boarder

: a person who pays for meals and a place to live at another's house

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