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[uh-bawrd, uh-bohrd] /əˈbɔrd, əˈboʊrd/
on board; on, in, or into a ship, train, airplane, bus, etc.:
to step aboard.
alongside; to the side.
Baseball. on base:
a homer with two aboard.
into a group as a new member:
The office manager welcomed him aboard.
on board of; on, in, or into:
to come aboard a ship.
all aboard!, (as a warning to passengers entering or planning to enter a train, bus, boat, etc., just before starting) Everyone get on!
Origin of aboard
1350-1400; Middle English abord(e) (see a-1, board), perhaps conflated with Middle French a bord
Can be confused
aboard, abort, abroad. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aboard
  • Hundreds of children were said to be aboard each vessel, singing as they set sail.
  • On the older buses, the engines rumble as the children climb aboard.
  • The air aboard commercial jetliners is considerably cleaner than almost everybody gives it credit for.
  • Characters in your films have excavated ancient sites and traveled the world aboard tramp steamers.
  • The sailors also left some more intimate items aboard the vessel.
  • The company even offered financing to bring the bands aboard.
  • Twin droplets of fuel burn brightly in an experiment aboard the space shuttle.
  • His world is a claustrophobic and lonely existence, until he makes a strange discovery aboard the ship.
  • See a feeding hummingbird and read about the tiny stowaways that climb aboard.
  • If you'd been aboard that plane, you certainly would have thought a streaming data link was worth trying.
British Dictionary definitions for aboard


adverb, adjective, preposition (postpositive)
on, in, onto, or into (a ship, train, aircraft, etc)
(nautical) alongside (a vessel)
all aboard!, a warning to passengers to board a vehicle, ship, etc
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Word Origin and History for aboard

late 14c., probably in most cases from Old French à bord, from à "on" + bord "board," from Frankish *bord or a similar Germanic source (see board (n.2)); the "boarding" or sides of a vessel extended to the ship itself. The usual Middle English expression was within shippes borde. The call all aboard! as a warning to passengers is attested from 1838.

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