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.
Recent Examples on the Web Nineteen Hopi men were incarcerated at Alcatraz, off the coast of San Francisco, in 1865 after refusing to send Hopi children to boarding school. Felicia Fonseca, ajc, 9 Nov. 2021 That could be things like the death of a loved one, parents getting divorced, or being forced to go away to boarding school. Eleesha Lockett, SELF, 8 Nov. 2021 The play was about a girls boarding school in the 1990s. Madison Douglas, Seventeen, 21 Sep. 2021 The state health department sent inspectors to the boarding school in January in response to a complaint. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed says 104 of the girls abducted from their boarding school on February 19 have been released and returned to their hometown of Dapchi. CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Small things—the fact that they were both sent away to boarding school at age 9, after being reared in emotionally dysfunctional households—are enlightening, if not uplifting. John Anderson, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Their only wins by fewer than 20 points came against IMG Academy, another Florida boarding school that recruits internationally. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Oct. 2021 This is not the first time families have unexpectedly shipped their children off to boarding school. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of boarding school

1665, in the meaning defined above

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20 Nov 2021

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“Boarding school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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