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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Examples of boarder in a Sentence

She decided to take in boarders. Half of the students are boarders.
Recent Examples on the Web When Delaney School opened in 1921, its first principal lived close by, at 624 S. Lake Street, as a boarder with the Newell family, who like Ray had come to Orlando from Maryland. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "A century ago, Mollie Ray opened doors to Orlando’s newest school," 21 Mar. 2021 His friend, in late middle age, shows up as a boarder and is preoccupied with aspects of his past. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Two simulated crashes involved a bike and a skate boarder rolling into the sides of stationary Waymo vehicles at speeds of 2.2 and 5.9 miles per hour, respectively. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "This Arizona college student has taken over 60 driverless Waymo rides," 7 Dec. 2020 In 2018, for example, terrifying images showed a great white shark swimming just feet away from a paddle boarder off a Cape Cod beach. James Rogers, Fox News, "Hammerhead shark circles oblivious swimmer in chilling video," 25 Nov. 2020 As Kekoa approached his teens, his parents gave him the option of becoming a boarder at Kamehameha Schools’ main campus—roughly a hundred miles and several sea channels northwest of Maui, on the island of Oahu. Daniella Zalcman, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Inspiring Quest to Revive the Hawaiian Language," 17 Nov. 2020 But that changed over the weekend as Fisher, a former professional body boarder and current chef, extended his lead. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two fresh faces prepare to join Imperial Beach City Council," 11 Nov. 2020 The District 2 contest features incumbent Councilman Mark West and Jack Fisher, a professional body boarder turned chef who ran for mayor in 2010. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 election: two City Council seats up for grabs in Imperial Beach," 7 Oct. 2020 Bishop Fitzpatrick, whose family regularly hosted the boys during holidays and whose sister took in the Healy’s sister, Martha, as a boarder, knew the family heritage. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian Magazine, "Born Enslaved, Patrick Francis Healy ‘Passed’ His Way to Lead Georgetown University," 8 Sep. 2020

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Boarder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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