board·​er ˈbȯr-dər How to pronounce boarder (audio)
plural boarders
: 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
: a person who rides a snowboard : snowboarder
More and more adult boarders are appearing on the slopes of Western ski resorts …Ben Davidson
: 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

Examples of boarder in a Sentence

She decided to take in boarders. Half of the students are boarders.
Recent Examples on the Web Just watching boarders from the shore counts as an afternoon well spent. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 3 Nov. 2023 Fancy ski lodges and heated chairlifts are nice, but as any skier or boarder knows, that's not what makes or breaks a ski day. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 15 Nov. 2023 New and experienced summer skiers and boarders have been taking advantage of remaining snow from last winter's record snowfall. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Aug. 2023 More:Hampton Beach rescue: 'Human chain' formed to save swimmers caught in rip current The video shows the lifeguards extending out using orange buoys and forming a human chain to rescue the boogie boarder who had been pulled by a current and ended up floating too far from shore. Frank Fernandez, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2023 These hardscrabble farmers and other Jews who relocated to the country adapted to a more hospitable solution to make ends meet: taking in boarders during the summertime. Michele Herrmann, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 Glassy barrels roll reliably from its eastern coastline and deliver wave breaks for beginning boarders and seasoned professionals. Chris Schalkx, Vogue, 4 Oct. 2023 But data from the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association show little change in the number of hospital boarders, with 548 in the week ending July 17, about the same as a year ago. Globe Staff,, 27 July 2023 The sharks often swam within 50 yards (45.72 meters) of the wave breaks — closest to surfers and stand-up paddle boarders. Stefanie Dazio, USA TODAY, 7 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of boarder was in 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Boarder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


board·​er ˈbōrd-ər How to pronounce boarder (audio)
: one who pays for meals and sometimes lodging at another's house
: a person who rides a snowboard

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