lodg·​er ˈlä-jər How to pronounce lodger (audio)
: roomer

Examples of lodger in a Sentence

the mysterious lodger slept all day and only went out at night
Recent Examples on the Web Record sales were slowing; Dennis’ lodger, Charles Manson, wanted a deal with Brother Records, the band’s own label; and Brian was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Will Ainsley, SPIN, 24 May 2024 Short-term vacation rentals are seeing a spike in both renters and lodgers. Kayla Jimenez, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2024 His eccentric upstairs lodger Coco (Rebecca F. Wright) is a COVID denier who’s a bad influence on Bahlul, further vexing Terry. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 23 Jan. 2024 In the summer of 2024 Melville House will release his Devil's Contract: The History of the Faustian Bargain The Franciscan Sisters of Earling, Iowa took an unusual lodger into their convent in 1928, a 46 year old woman named Emma Schmidt with a history of demonic possession. TIME, 28 Oct. 2023 Frank had started out as her lodger more than thirty years ago. Mary Costello, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 Parts of this anxious, patchwork book are composed of letters written by the housekeeper of a Southern boarding house sometime after the Civil War, mostly concerning her troubles with a threatening male lodger. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 16 June 2023 We are clued in to the lodger’s identity (the actor family, the secessionist loyalties). Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 12 June 2023 Pauline’s family lived in a ramshackle home and made ends meet by taking in lodgers. Rachel Pannett, Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lodger was in 1596

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“Lodger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lodger. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


lodg·​er ˈläj-ər How to pronounce lodger (audio)
: one that lodges
especially : one that occupies a rented room in another's house

Legal Definition


lodg·​er ˈlä-jər How to pronounce lodger (audio)
: 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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