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 On April 6, the staff moved Kendrick to an unlicensed boardinghouse in Van Nuys, Calif. The next day, police called Kendrick’s nephew, Darryl Kennedy. Amy Julia Harris,, "‘They just dumped him like trash’: Nursing homes evict vulnerable residents," 22 June 2020 There’s a classic scene where her boardinghouse girlfriends, in preparation for the big night, teach her to slurp spaghetti without spattering the sauce. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Home theater: From ‘Brooklyn’ to ‘Little Women,’ settle in with Saoirse Ronan," 6 May 2020 In the Elmhurst area of Queens, for instance, many immigrant workers live in crowded boardinghouses where the virus is spreading rapidly. Nicole Daniels, New York Times, "Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States," 29 Apr. 2020 The musical numbers in his portrait of a crowded boardinghouse in a cruel season do not spring organically from the plot. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘Girl From the North Country’ Review: Bob Dylan’s Amazing Grace," 5 Mar. 2020 During the Civil War, the same trains delivered wounded soldiers to the Exchange Hotel, a railroad boardinghouse turned receiving hospital. Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, "How to see the Virginia Piedmont? Just follow Thomas Jefferson," 29 Nov. 2019 The structure, which was renamed the Remsen House and later paired with an adjoining structure, was repurposed as a boardinghouse, attracting an affluent, largely white clientele. Steve Bell, New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Elizabeth A. Gloucester, ‘Richest’ Black Woman and Ally of John Brown," 18 Sep. 2019 While the poorest Angelenos often rely on a combination of shelters, bridge housing and apartments with services, much of it government-subsidized, Peg Richards runs Idaho’s only boardinghouse, a 45-unit complex called the Good Samaritan Home. Los Angeles Times, "This city in Idaho is why L.A. can’t legally clear its streets of homeless encampments," 15 Oct. 2019 McMillian elicits a whole lot of sympathy and affection for this 35-year-old single woman and survivor, who’s been living in the boardinghouse of Mrs. Dixon — played by a wonderfully warm and funny Milena (Sellers) Phillips — since age 17. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Lynn Nottage’s ‘Intimate Apparel’ gets an earnest, solidly acted revival at New Village Arts," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of boardinghouse

1680, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of boardinghouse was in 1680

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29 Jun 2020

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“Boardinghouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of boardinghouse

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


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

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