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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 ?
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.
He would take them to poni Aniele, who kept a boardinghouse the other side of the yards; old Mrs.
There is this difference between a furnished room and a boardinghouse.
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.
When they met, in a London boardinghouse in 1978, he was 26 and she was almost three decades older, striving to supplement a waning film career with stage roles.
Boardinghouse is a hybrid between a hotel and an apartment.
Lucy Larcom (left), born in 1824, was 11 when her father died and she began working at the textile mills with her sisters while their mother ran a boardinghouse.
Duterte said the younger one once asked him for a repossessed car but I did not agree because I told her that our travels just include trips from her boardinghouse to a hotel.
Ren doesn't understand why nobody's as upset as she is, and when she sees an ad for available rooms in a boardinghouse, she decides to run away--on a small scale, in terms of distance (the town of Fortune is only a few miles away) and population (down to 12 residents).
One man was homeless for 15 years, he said, and finally started receiving disability income of $750 a month -- enough to rent a room for $400 a month at the boardinghouse, where tenants shared bathrooms and kitchen areas, he said.