board·​ing·​house ˈbȯr-diŋ-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce boardinghouse (audio)
: a lodging house at which meals are provided

Examples of boardinghouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the center of the narrative, John Schiappa reveals the scarred soul of Nick Laine, proprietor of the on-the-skids boardinghouse. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2023 Sure, a couple of on- or offstage ghosts visit this story about the lonely, yearning residents of a Depression-era Minnesota boardinghouse. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2023 Fashionable citizens built graceful Victorian hotels, shops and homes along Greene Street, still the only paved road in town, while miners and prostitutes crowded into boardinghouses and bordellos on Blair Street, which ran muddy and rough a block east. Jonathan Weisman Benjamin Rasmussen, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Not unlike any of the other quietly desperate people who’ve washed up under the roof of Elizabeth and her husband, Nick (Stephen Bogardus), in their Duluth boardinghouse in 1934. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2023 The hotel, once a gentlemen's boardinghouse, is a paean to louche classicism, stocked with antiques and eclectic bric-a-brac that could have been scooped up on a European Grand Tour. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Nov. 2023 Soon there was hardly room in his moldering Cotswolds mansion for his second wife, Elizabeth, who eventually moved to a boardinghouse in Torquay, an English working-class seaside resort. Franz Lidz, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2023 But amid the Depression, his father had trouble finding a good job in the automotive trades, and his mother opened a boardinghouse to help meet expenses. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 The home in Belen, a former railroad boardinghouse, is decorated with her portraits, on paper and in ceramics, of the couple’s many cats. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1680, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of boardinghouse was in 1680

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“Boardinghouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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board·​ing·​house ˈbōrd-iŋ-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce boardinghouse (audio)
: a house at which persons are boarded

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