board·​ing·​house | \ˈbȯr-diŋ-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of boardinghouse 

: a lodging house at which meals are provided

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The show, a boardinghouse drama set in 1934 in Duluth, Minn., which is Mr. Dylan’s hometown, was produced last year at the Old Vic in London, and then earlier this year in the West End. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Glenn Close, Jake Gyllenhaal and Songs of Bob Dylan Are Coming to Public Theater," 5 June 2018 The sprawling boardinghouse offers shelter to 100 or so residents, many in need of support after financial or personal misfortune. Aubrey Nagle,, "Quakertown landmark rebuilds, Pa. closes in on primary day, Trump surprises with China move | Morning Newsletter," 14 May 2018 Conservation society librarian Beth Standifird points out the address is marked with a D for dwelling, rather than being labeled as a boardinghouse, so the Taylors probably didn’t provide meals. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Small world southeast of downtown San Antonio fell to progress," 16 June 2018 Their latest project is the DeBruce, a 19th-century boardinghouse recently refurbished into an elegant 14-room country inn. Elizabeth Dunn, WSJ, "A Stress-Free Summer Weekend in the Catskills," 15 June 2018 Many Cuban entrepreneurs have invested in restaurants, car services and boardinghouses for foreign visitors. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "More Than 100 Dead in Plane Crash in Cuba," 18 May 2018 The rear of the boardinghouse faced the Lorraine Motel across Mulberry Street. The Washington Post,, "MLK's family believes James Earl Ray was framed for his murder," 30 Mar. 2018 Their first tour ended ignobly, with the entire company attempting — unsuccessfully — to sneak away from their boardinghouse in the dead of night to avoid paying their bill, but young David was hooked. Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018 In the meantime, my colleague Vinny Vella has taken a close look at an historic Quakertown boardinghouse rebuilding after a deadly fire. Aubrey Nagle,, "Quakertown landmark rebuilds, Pa. closes in on primary day, Trump surprises with China move | Morning Newsletter," 14 May 2018

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1680, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of boardinghouse

: a house where people pay to live and have daily meals


board·​ing·​house | \ˈbȯr-diŋ-ˌhau̇s \

Kids Definition of boardinghouse

: a house at which people are given meals and often a place to live

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