board·​er | \ˈbȯr-dər \
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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The annual tuition at King's Academy runs $36,800 for full boarders, or about nine years of income for the average Jordanian. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012 Italianate in style and faced with orange brick, the rowhouse offered a first-floor storefront with bedrooms above for Jacob and his wife, Maria, two sons, a daughter and boarder, all recorded in the 1910 census. Tim Prudente,, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 Kim will have some strong competition from other U.S. boarders, including 34-year-old Kelly Clark, who is attending her fifth Olympic Games. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Winter Olympics 2018: What to watch on Day 4, including gold medal finals," 11 Feb. 2018 In 1787, soon after the Revolutionary War, the Alexandria businessman agreed to take on two boarders: George Steptoe Washington and Lawrence Augustine Washington, nephews of the man everyone called the General. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "How not being a father made George Washington the father of his country," 16 June 2018 Hiett and Cox are two of the four Team Alabama paddle boarders. Alexa Philippou, The Seattle Times, "With four athletes aged 14 or younger, Team Alabama’s stand up paddle boarders are the youngest at the Special Olympics USA Games," 3 July 2018 The Once-ler — who’s been ousted by his avaricious family in favor of a boarder — hits the road and stumbles upon the Lorax’s realm near the story’s start. James Hebert,, "At Old Globe, 'The Lorax' brings Dr. Seuss' environmental saga to vivid life," 8 July 2018 But Hawk turned out not to be a businessman in a boarder’s body. Staff,, "How Joey Chestnut Dominates July 4, Tony Hawk's Other Major Talent and More," 6 July 2018 According to the paper, Iorns was an avid paddle boarder who often competed in events and was profiled by National Geographic. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Double-amputee Army veteran dies while paddle boarding," 29 June 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 \

Kids Definition of boarder

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

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