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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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 Now 15, the blonde teen reportedly goes to boarding school in Berkshire. Erin Hill,, "Remember the Flower Girl Who Stole Will and Kate's Wedding? Find Out Where She Is Now!," 8 May 2018 There are parties, private jet trips, boarding school for the kids—all the trappings. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "Here's Exactly How Much Money You Need To Be Happy," 16 Nov. 2017 Children are sometimes carried across the water to board school buses. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Precarious Life of Texas Farmworkers Becomes Riskier With Warming," 23 Apr. 2018 Paige’s travails, which could all too easily be a typical look at two parents fighting over their kid’s future (hilariously, the Jenningses’ other child, perpetually underwritten, is now at boarding school), carry heft thanks to Taylor’s acting. Daniel D'addario, Time, "The Americans Becomes a Modern Russian Tragedy in Its Final Season," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of boarding school

1665, in the meaning defined above

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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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