accommodation in a house, especially in rooms for rent: to furnish board and lodging.
a temporary place to stay; temporary quarters.
a room or rooms rented for residence in another's house.
British. the rooms of a university student who lives neither on campus nor at home.
the act of lodging.

1350–1400; Middle English; see lodge, -ing1

underlodging, noun
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lodging (ˈlɒdʒɪŋ)
1.  a temporary residence
2.  (sometimes plural) sleeping accommodation
3.  (sometimes plural) (at Oxford University) the residence of the head of a college

lodgings (ˈlɒdʒɪŋz)
pl n
a rented room or rooms in which to live, esp in another person's house

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. loge "arbor, covered walk" (Mod.Fr. "hut, cabin, lodge box at a theater"), from Frankish *laubja "shelter" (cognate with O.H.G. louba "porch, gallery," Ger. Laube "bower, arbor"), likely originally "shelter of foliage," from the root of leaf. "Hunter's
cabin" sense is first recorded mid-15c. Sense of "local branch of a society" is first recorded 1680s, from 14c. logge "workshop of masons." The verb is early 13c., "to stay in a lodge, to put someone up in a lodge," from O.Fr. logier, from loge. Sense of "to get a thing in the intended place, to make something stick" is from 1610s.
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Example sentences for lodgings
He was forced to move to smaller and meaner lodgings with his surviving aunt.
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