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board·ing house

also board·ing·house (bôr′dĭng-hous′)
A house where paying guests are provided with meals and lodging.


1. a private house in which accommodation and meals are provided for paying guests
2. (Education) Austral a house for boarders at a school. See also house10


or board′ing house`,

n., pl. -hous•es (-ˌhaʊ zɪz)
a house at which meals, or meals and lodging, may be obtained for payment.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boardinghouse - a private house that provides accommodations and meals for paying guestsboardinghouse - a private house that provides accommodations and meals for paying guests
bed and breakfast, bed-and-breakfast - an overnight boardinghouse with breakfast
house - a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families; "he has a house on Cape Cod"; "she felt she had to get out of the house"
References in classic literature ?
He would take them to poni Aniele, who kept a boardinghouse the other side of the yards; old Mrs.
It touched on chances of gigantic wealth flung before eyes that could not see, or missed by the merest accident of time and travel; and through the mad shift of things, sometimes on horseback, more often afoot, now rich, now poor, in and out, and back and forth, deck-hand, train-hand, contractor, boardinghouse keeper, journalist, engineer, drummer, real-estate agent, politician, dead-beat, rumseller, mine-owner, speculator, cattle-man, or tramp, moved Harvey Cheyne, alert and quiet, seeking his own ends, and, so he said, the glory and advancement of his country.
I MUST have that, `as a went' -- and I'll have to wait until I get into my boardinghouse bed tonight, wherever it may be, before I can have it.
You mean we'll be in some horrible boardinghouse, in a still more horrible hall bedroom, looking out on a dingy back yard.
Oh, yes, the boardinghouse -- it's really a very nice place of its kind, as you'll admit tomorrow morning when a good night's sleep has turned your blues rosy pink.
There is this difference between a furnished room and a boardinghouse.
Nevertheless, Emerson's mother was a determined woman who wanted to send four sons to Harvard, so she maintained a boardinghouse to earn money.
An annex with a replica of the boardinghouse where Ray was staying when he shot King will also be open to the public.
Mind you, one had an ice cream van, another ran a boardinghouse and a third was a professional comedian.
To Ella O'Neill, the playwright's mother (on whom Mary Tyrone is based), a second-hand Packard ("pre-owned," a later coinage, conveys a still sharper, more precise sense of Ella's scorn) would have been an annoying reminder of the lack of class distinction between the O'Neills and the Rippins, the family that ran the boardinghouse known locally as the Packard.
The assortment of discarded wayfarers who congregate in Bailey's Cafe and live in Eve's boardinghouse function as Bhabha's "New World (B)order"; the home figured here is inhabited by refugees from various cultures, locales, and religious traditions.
boardinghouse bunked assorted members of the conspiracy responsible for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.