Definition of boarder in US English:



  • 1A person who receives regular meals when staying somewhere, in return for payment or services.

    • ‘He was a boarder, a lodger for the greater part of his life in the house of a wealthy English merchant.’
    • ‘Most of the residents were boarders who worked at the mall and surrounding offices.’
    • ‘For some reason though, he lived in the house as a boarder, and for some even stranger reason, he received a bid.’
    • ‘The boarders and lodgers bill has been stalled in one form or other since 1987.’
    • ‘Perhaps there was something left of the community breakfast provided every morning for the boarders by the lodging master's wife.’
    • ‘If you have a lodger, not only is the first £20 disregarded but also 50% of the balance of payment from each boarder where meals are provided.’
    • ‘I was [working] at a photographer's outside Wellington and used to come to town every evening and lived in Wellington with a very respectable family who took boarders.’
    • ‘The corporation also requests information about savings, investments, and other sources of regular income, such as family support and payments from boarders, flatters, and adult children.’
    • ‘He sent his son to open a trading post in the imperial capital, allowing his staff to stay there as boarders.’
    • ‘If he was married, his wife and family might provide meals or other housekeeping services to the boarders for an additional fee.’
    • ‘Delivering babies, like taking in boarders and lodgers, allowed her to contribute to the domestic economy and still take care of her family's needs.’
    • ‘Yet this Minister produced a law that without warning cuts people's assets in half the moment they let their star boarder or the live-in boyfriend or girlfriend stay 1 day past 3 years.’
    • ‘As I drank my tea she bustled around getting the dinner ready for myself and the three other boarders who were currently staying with her.’
    • ‘All tenancies of units shall be in writing and a copy must be filed with the management office. No roomers or boarders are permitted.’
    • ‘The shelter - which keeps regular and occasional boarders - has had 19 per cent more of the latter than this time last year.’
    • ‘Under another exemption, owners of premises renting rooms can refuse to take boarders for racial reasons when the owners have to share the unit.’
    • ‘When Mary's father died during the Depression, her mother decided to open the family home to boarders, and placed a discreet sign next to the front door that read, Furnished Rooms, Kitchen Privileges.’
    • ‘Seth is very demanding of his boarders, insisting on advanced payment in full, and is preoccupied with maintaining a respectable house.’
    • ‘The boarders, though, are weaving a fine line between staying true to their surfy, freewheeling roots and the rewards of success.’
    • ‘Interesting reading in the manual is the list of raw materials needed to cook a meal for 100 boarders.’
    patron, client, person staying
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    1. 1.1 A student who lives at school during the semester in return for payment.
      • ‘Stanley was sent to London to became a boarder at University College School in 1850.’
      • ‘The boy or girl who wins the competition will be able to claim a first prize of almost £18,000, including a two-year scholarship to attend the school's sixth form as a boarder.’
      • ‘Now they are the preserve of parents who can afford their fees - averaging, for boarders, more than £20,000 a year - so the idea of a Treasury handout is absurd.’
      • ‘There are no plans to change the single sex status of Harrogate Ladies' College, which was established in 1893 and now takes girls aged 10 to 18 as day pupils or boarders.’
      • ‘The boarders gave him a tour of the impressive new study bedrooms in house, which are shared by a maximum of three students, replacing the huge dormitories that used to hold eight.’
      • ‘A boarder from an early age, he made his own meals every weekend, learning from older pupils.’
      • ‘Extensions were planned to accommodate 40 boarders and to take over Woodville House as a residence for boarders, to provide a science room and also provision was made for a dressing room for cricket.’
      • ‘All four were expelled for a serious breach of school rules and another four pupils - a boy and three girls, also 15 year-old boarders - were suspended for five days.’
      • ‘Ampleforth started taking female boarders in September last year but they now have purpose-built accommodation for 40 boarders and nine day girls.’
      • ‘Close friendships between boarders and day boys was rare; both factions preferred their own.’
      • ‘Because the Federal funding has been based on postcodes the main beneficiaries have been regional private schools with boarders.’
      • ‘The concession was granted as the Duke toured the new extension, which provides accommodation for 20 boarders at Wentworth House, a girl's boarding house.’
      • ‘The school, which currently has around 60 per cent day pupils and 40 per cent boarders, has come a long way since being started by sisters from the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.’
      • ‘All the senior boarders were assigned specific duties, which included roll calls and checking whether beds were made, lockers cleaned and all rules strictly followed.’
      • ‘Everyone in the school, boarders or students living close enough to live at home, looked up to Victor.’
      • ‘He said the league table announcement would create confusion in the minds of parents while disappointing the school's 420 pupils, a third of whom are boarders, and their teachers.’
      • ‘By 1897 the number had increased further to 23 boarders and 23 day pupils.’
      • ‘In that school there was a real division between the boarders and the day students, but I knew him as a very talented singer and keyboard player.’
      • ‘Queen Margaret's is an all-girls school for both boarders and day pupils aged 11 to 18, and the vast majority are full boarders.’
      • ‘At 11-plus many pupils become boarders, which adds an exciting dimension to their schooling.’
  • 2A person who boards a ship during or after an attack.

    • ‘The battle would be a succession of hand-to-hand conflicts to board or to repel boarders.’
    • ‘Ship owners have been advised to install electric fencing to repel boarders.’
    • ‘Suddenly, when he started to push back asylum-seekers like a sea captain repelling boarders, the polls began to turn.’
    • ‘You don't think of cruise ships as needing to carry equipment to repel boarders.’
    • ‘For seamen, special patterns of musket were introduced and the musketoon, or blunderbuss, became a shipboard weapon useful for discouraging both boarders and putative mutineers.’
  • 3A person who takes part in a sport using a board, such as surfing or snowboarding.

    ‘skiing purists say the boarders tear up the snow’
    • ‘Skiers and boarders howled as we surfed the mountain.’
    • ‘Everything looks real from the trees to the local boarders sharing the slope with you, as well as a great soundtrack featuring over 300 new Indie songs.’
    • ‘The advanced boarders and skiers, who had been honing their techniques over the previous three days, were then given their chance to prove themselves in the giant slalom.’
    • ‘Skiers and boarders are a pretty independent bunch by nature so organising a trip to the mountains is not that difficult.’
    • ‘Then I'd love to move to Florida, where the best boarders in the world are based.’
    • ‘For as little as $30 a day, skiers and boarders can float through Utah's famed champagne powder, with access to 41 runs and 450 skiable acres.’
    • ‘On our way down, a boarder in a bright blue jacket catches my eye, carving tight and skimming across the snow like she's flying.’
    • ‘A few hard-core telemarkers skim the hill; a lone boarder surfs in for a burger; a dozen alpine skiers brave the ungroomed crud.’
    • ‘Skiers blame boarders, but boarders point out that fatal accidents happened long before boarding became the rage.’
    • ‘Although skiers and boarders have been sharing the slopes for years, some of the nation's top resorts still outlaw boarding.’
    • ‘Scotland's largest indoor artificial ski-slope - with real snow for boarders and skiers - will be the centrepoint of plans to rejuvenate one of the country's industrial blackspots.’
    • ‘This is an athlete's resort, where skiers and boarders come to take full advantage of the long days and the maritime climate - 315 inches of snowfall annually.’
    • ‘Players choose a boarder and skate freestyle in open, interactive 3D environments.’
    • ‘In Italy, anger over collisions between skiers and boarders even led to the creation of separate pistes for the two sports.’
    • ‘For the boarders, there are two half-pipes, one of which is lit for night riding, and one permanent boarder cross track.’
    • ‘Without proper facilities boarders and skaters are forced to skate along main roads putting their own safety and that of pedestrians at risk.’
    • ‘Here the boarders spin and jump, aiming to impress five judges who are marking on height, standard manoeuvres, rotation and overall impression.’
    • ‘Judging was based on a surfer's best three waves of the round, forcing competitors to compete with the other boarders in the water just to reach the minimum requirement.’
    • ‘That happy-go-lucky ethos of boarders remains so strong that some of its most talented stars refused to take part in these Olympics, claiming their creativity and freedom were threatened by an avalanche of rules.’
    • ‘Experienced skiers and boarders have 85 trails to choose from; these include the most double-black-diamond terrain in Colorado.’