board·​ing·​house | \ ˈbȯr-diŋ-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce boardinghouse (audio) \

Definition of boardinghouse

: a lodging house at which meals are provided

Examples of boardinghouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The house had been converted into a boardinghouse during the Depression, then converted back into a single-family home in the 1970s. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 25 Mar. 2021 Then in 1919, the landlord of the Long Island, N.Y., boardinghouse she and her mother, Kittie, lived in murdered his wife, allegedly because of his obsession with Audrey. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2021 In May 1925, he was overcome by a gas leak in an Indianapolis boardinghouse. Ron Grossman,, 22 Jan. 2021 The house, built in 1906, had at one point been converted into a boardinghouse, and an addition was put on the rear, resulting in an awkward layout upstairs. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, 20 Nov. 2020 The house was remade into a boardinghouse after World War I, and it was fully deconverted to a single-family home — with a second kitchen removed — after the previous owner bought it in 1985, Sargis said. Bob Goldsborough,, 30 Dec. 2020 Robert Pritikin bought a rundown boardinghouse known as the Chambers Mansion in 1977 and converted it into an eccentric 16-room hotel. Bill Van Niekerken,, 15 Dec. 2020 Built in 1883 as a private home, the Italianate mansion was later converted to a boardinghouse before opening as a hotel in the 1950s. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2020 Hines, 24, walked up to the ramshackle boardinghouse and gently knocked. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of boardinghouse

1680, in the meaning defined above

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“Boardinghouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce boardinghouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of boardinghouse

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

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