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

Definition of boardinghouse

: a lodging house at which meals are provided

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Schoolchildren from the area were bused in and the town was filled with tourists watching re-enactors performing at the blacksmith camp, saloon, boardinghouse, butcher shop, school and church. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Rich in Surprises and Secrets, There’s a State Park Waiting for You," 29 July 2019 In 1959, Eddie was rushed to the hospital after being found unresponsive in the boardinghouse. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering Eddie Bernstein, the legless beggar with the monkey named Gypsy," 17 Aug. 2019 Mary Surratt ran the boardinghouse where John Wilkes Booth met with the other Lincoln assassination conspirators. Brenda Wineapple, The New Republic, "Who wrote women out of Civil War history?," 16 Aug. 2019 Mendes and Barraza play Ester and Teresa, who run a lakeside boardinghouse but make their real money from killing human traffickers and taking their loot. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Nicolas Cage has ‘A Score to Settle’; plus ‘The Operative’ and more," 1 Aug. 2019 The labor for these industries — a mostly Irish workforce in the 1850s — lived in wooden cottages or boardinghouses in the neighborhood, said Tim Samuelson, the city’s cultural historian. Marie Fazio,, "Oldest gas pipeline in Chicago, from before Great Fire, gets a retirement party," 28 June 2019 His mother ran a boardinghouse and eventually moved the family to Washington. Washington Post, "When that ‘rock’ is actually a horseshoe crab and the beach becomes a respite from the city," 22 June 2019 The dozen-odd characters have all been wounded in ways that no New Deal could ever hope to heal, above all Elizabeth (Mare Winningham), the wife of the boardinghouse proprietor (Stephen Bogardus). Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Girl From the North Country’ Review: A Visit to Desolation Row," 11 Oct. 2018 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

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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 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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