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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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 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

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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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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