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[bawr-ding-hous, bohr-] /ˈbɔr dɪŋˌhaʊs, ˈboʊr-/
noun, plural boardinghouses
[bawr-ding-hou-ziz, bohr-] /ˈbɔr dɪŋˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈboʊr-/ (Show IPA)
a house at which board or board and lodging may be obtained for payment.
Origin of boardinghouse
1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Out of such utilities as these you may get a boarding house, but nothing better; the family makes it a home.

  • The people at the boarding house would, of course, not permit it.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • Fairchild turned through the gate of Mother Howard's boarding house and went to his room to await the call for dinner.

    The Cross-Cut Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • Of course it is only a boarding house, and not a very good one.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Mrs. Marsh, that keeps our boarding house, has a garden where it grows wild in among the peas.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • His forehead was wet, showing that he had hurried on his way to the boarding house.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for boarding house

boarding house

a private house in which accommodation and meals are provided for paying guests
(Austral) a house for boarders at a school See also house (sense 10)
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