lodg·​ing | \ ˈlä-jiŋ How to pronounce lodging (audio) \

Definition of lodging

1a : a place to live : dwelling
2a(1) : sleeping accommodations found lodging in the barn
(2) : a temporary place to stay a lodging for the night
b : a room in the house of another used as a residence usually used in plural
3 : the act of lodging

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of lodging in a Sentence

There is gas, food, and lodging at the next highway exit. food and lodging are two of the largest expenses of living in the city

Recent Examples on the Web

Rolle accepted a contract on good faith for catering and lodging, according to Tribune 242, which is a daily newspaper in The Bahamas. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Woman Who Became the Hero of Fyre Festival," 18 Jan. 2019 But the Gaineses were not the first to merge the hot trend of home renovation with travel, food and lodging. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Renovation vacation: Plan a trip, and a kitchen remodel," 8 June 2018 Hunting in Michigan, for instance, generates more than $2.3 billion in the state, including expenses related to food and lodging and $1.3 billion spent on equipment, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Dick's on assault-style rifle ban: Thoughts, prayers not enough," 28 Feb. 2018 The underwriting will cover the athletes’ transportation to and from San Diego, food, and lodging in Mission Valley hotels. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "World Beach Games gear up for 2019 in Mission Beach," 16 Jan. 2018 The country’s newest lodging option has also been reimagined in the style of Africa’s luxe safari camps. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 It has been interpreted to mean that the lodging must be necessary for the proper functioning of the employer’s business. WSJ, "Are Mansions on Campus a Charitable Need?," 14 Oct. 2018 This style is better for those who want more amenities, Internet access, or those traveling with younger children (kids under the age of 12 are not allowed in the second style of lodging, bushcamps, described below). Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Your Ultimate African Safari Guide," 12 Nov. 2018 Massachusetts legislators have been debating lodging taxes for short-term rentals. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "New Orleans looking at new regulations on short-term rentals," 3 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lodging.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lodging

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lodging

Statistics for lodging

Last Updated

5 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lodging

The first known use of lodging was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lodging



English Language Learners Definition of lodging

: a place where a person (such as a traveler) can stay for usually a short period of time : a place to sleep


\ ˈlä-jiŋ\

Kids Definition of lodging

1 : a temporary living or sleeping place
2 lodgings plural : a room or rooms in the house of another person rented as a place to live

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on lodging

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for lodging

Spanish Central: Translation of lodging

Nglish: Translation of lodging for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of lodging for Arabic Speakers

Comments on lodging

What made you want to look up lodging? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to corrupt or become corrupted

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!