boarding school


Definition of boarding school

: a school that provides meals and lodging

Examples of boarding school in a Sentence

He attended a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts. She was sent to boarding school when she was nine.

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Their only offense was resisting government efforts to take their children away to boarding school to be assimilated. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "How Alcatraz Island Was Reclaimed by Native Peoples," 7 Mar. 2019 Some of these are boarding schools, which Uighurs say can be mandatory and, in a Kazakh family's case, start from the age of five. Yanan Wang And Dake Kang, Fox News, "China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west," 21 Sep. 2018 The past two generations of royals have followed in the footsteps of patriarch Prince Philip, and started boarding school at the age of 8. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Here's What Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Royal Education Will Entail," 26 Aug. 2018 Jonathan stays in New York, managing hedge funds and clumsily attempting to rebound with an old flame from boarding school. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Depraved and Beautiful Dream of the World," 12 July 2018 But in 2011, the school was closed by the local government, forcing residents to send their children, some as young as 5, to the region’s boarding school nearly two hours away. Photographs And Text By Bryan Denton, New York Times, "China’s Last Cave Dwellers Fight to Keep Their Underground Homes," 13 May 2018 The Kings sent their five children to boarding school — or tried to, anyway. Bryan Marquard,, "Jenny Phillips, writer and award-winning filmmaker, dies at 76," 13 July 2018 Families are separated for much of the year as children head for boarding schools in the nearest towns, sometimes with mothers tagging along. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018 In the late-19th century, Indigenous families were often required to send their children to boarding schools where they were not allowed to speak their native languages. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Separating Children From Parents is Shocking And Inhumane — It Is Also An American Tradition," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of boarding school

1665, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of boarding school was in 1665

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English Language Learners Definition of boarding school

: a school where students can live during the school term

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Kids Definition of boarding school

: a school at which most of the students live during the school year

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