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or boarding house

[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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  • And again he used them as breastworks in foraging at the boardinghouse.

  • We lived there at a boardinghouse, and she behaved badly, very badly.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • This was one dollar a week, and for four more he got his food in a boardinghouse near his work.

    The Jungle Upton Sinclair
  • Jurgis got himself a place in a boardinghouse with some congenial friends.

    The Jungle Upton Sinclair
  • The main point was that this furnace man had begged Miss Ryerson not to leave her boardinghouse until he returned.

    The Conquest of America Cleveland Moffett
  • Galland here found himself in Smith's clutches, being directed to "put stock" into the boardinghouse to be built.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • The younger brother and Grace were sitting on the stoop of the boardinghouse.

    The Boy Scout Richard Harding Davis
  • His boardinghouse was but a few steps away, and two minutes later he was safe in his room.

    The Efficiency Expert Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The principal commands in this "revelation" directed the building of another "holy house," or Temple, and a boardinghouse.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • Everything was new and shiny, and we had our supper at a long table with about twenty other people, just like a boardinghouse.

    Pomona's Travels Frank R. Stockton

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