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[loj-er] /ˈlɒdʒ ər/
a person who lives in rented quarters in another's house; roomer.
Origin of lodger
1250-1300; Middle English loger tent-dweller. See lodge, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Her name was Marion Cavendish, and it was written over many photographs which stood in silver frames in the lodger's rooms.

    The Exiles and Other Stories Richard Harding Davis
  • There was certainly a lodger there, who furnished his own room, and stayed about two weeks.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • The covering is very often the lodger's coat, unless he happens to have a blanket of his own.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • "She's in the lodger's room, ma," cries Miss Shum, heckoing me.

    Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush William Makepeace Thackeray
  • But, nevertheless, her heart twittered as she showed Miss Carbury up to the lodger's sitting-room.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • She not unnaturally connected his appearance with her lodger.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • A fellow-student of mine was their lodger, a handsome young German, brimful of talent, but sadly deficient in health.

    In Bohemia with Du Maurier Felix Moscheles
  • She did not know her lodger was English until the day he left.

    The Elusive Pimpernel Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • No, there could be no mistake as to the identity of Mrs. Blake's lodger!

British Dictionary definitions for lodger


a person who pays rent in return for accommodation in someone else's house
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lodger

early 14c., originally "tent-dweller," agent noun from lodge (v.). From c.1200 as a surname. Meaning "one who lives in rented rooms" is from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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