1. a person, especially a lodger, who is supplied with regular meals.
  2. a member of a boarding party.


  1. British a pupil who lives at school during term time
  2. US a child who lives away from its parents and is cared for by a person or organization receiving payment
  3. another word for lodger
  4. a person who boards a ship, esp one who forces his way aboard in an attackstand by to repel boarders
  5. informal a person who takes part in sailboarding or snowboarding

1520s, “one who has food and/or lodging at the house of another,” agent noun from board (v.), in this sense from board (n.1) in the “food” sense; meaning “one who boards (an enemy’s) ships” is from 1769, from a verbal sense derived from board (n.2).

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