lodg·​er | \ˈlä-jər \

Definition of lodger 

: roomer

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lodger


boarder, lessee, renter, roomer, tenant


landlord, lessor, letter

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Examples of lodger in a Sentence

the mysterious lodger slept all day and only went out at night

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Our cells are also home to ancient lodgers — bacteria that invaded the cells of our ancestors 1.8 billion years ago, with DNA of their own. Carl Zimmer, STAT, "Shot through with microbes: How our bodies adapt to a hidden world of bacteria," 30 May 2018 Several buyers also used extra rooms to take in lodgers, collect rent, and dream of a bigger home. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Country Living, "Ladies' Home Journal Predicted America's Future Obsession with Real-Estate Reality TV In 1903," 14 July 2016 Cells now could harvest the fuel made by their new lodgers. Carl Zimmer, STAT, "Shot through with microbes: How our bodies adapt to a hidden world of bacteria," 30 May 2018 Officers conducted extra patrols to find the prospective lodger. Samantha Swindler, OregonLive.com, "Would-be renter leaves beer in cabin that's really a dog house: Forest Grove police log," 12 Mar. 2018 As Young and her friends filmed the harrowing encounter from an adjacent parked car, one of the lodgers made a few careful attempts to open the car door. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "WATCH: Tennessee Vacationers Carjacked by Baby Bear While Mama Looks On," 16 Jan. 2018 If there were riots going on at check-in time, said Ahmad al-Manawee, the guest relations manager, Plan B was to bring the lodgers in through a side entrance. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "In Bethlehem, a Mood of Hopeless Resignation Among Palestinians," 23 Dec. 2017 Next to it is the large 1908 brick Goodwin-Kinkaid building that once bustled with offices, restaurants and lodgers. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "Coal-country ghost town preserved for tourists," 27 Oct. 2017 But some lodgers would see such searches as invasions of privacy, especially as Sunday's horror becomes more distant. Wayne T. Price, USA TODAY, "Tourist spots increase visible security but look for more subtle methods," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lodger

1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lodger was in 1596

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English Language Learners Definition of lodger

: a person who rents a room in another person's house


lodg·​er | \ˈlä-jər \

Kids Definition of lodger

: a person who lives in a rented room in another's house


lodg·​er | \ˈlä-jər \

Legal Definition of lodger 

: a person who occupies a rented room in another's house specifically : a person who by agreement with the owner of a house acquires no property, interest, or possession therein but only the right to occupy a designated room or area that remains in the owner's legal possession

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