Definition of “boarding house” - English Dictionary

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“boarding house” in English

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boarding housenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɔː.dɪŋ ˌhaʊs/ us /ˈbɔːr.dɪŋ ˌhaʊs/ US also rooming house

Examples from literature

  • And the friendly people at the boarding house noticed the change in him. 
  • His wife kept a first-class boarding house. 
  • Nunneries had become aristocratic boarding houses. 
  • So they sought a humble boarding house in the suburbs of the city. 
  • The theological student has generally small means, and he must go to a cheap boarding house. 

(Definition of “boarding house” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“boarding house” in American English

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boarding housenoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɔr·dɪŋ ˌhɑʊs, ˈboʊr-/ plural boarding houses

a private house that a person pays to stay in and receive meals

(Definition of “boarding house” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)