boarding school


: a school that provides meals and lodging

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boarding school was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Boarding school.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

boarding school

: a school at which most of the pupils live during the school term

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