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From Middle English abord, from a- (on) + bord (board, side of a ship); equivalent to a- +‎ board.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈbɔːd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈbɔɹd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)d
Sailors aboard the USS O'Kane.


aboard (not comparable)

  1. On board; into or within a ship or boat; hence, into or within a railway car. [from ca. 1350—1470][1]
    We all climbed aboard.
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 68:
      As the 1857 to Manchester Piccadilly rolls in, I scan the windows and realise there are plenty of spare seats, so I hop aboard. The train is a '221'+'220' combo to allow for social distancing - a luxury on an XC train as normally you're playing sardines, so I make the most of it.
  2. On or onto a horse, a camel, etc. [from late 19th c.][1]
    To sling a saddle aboard.
  3. (baseball) On base. [from mid-20th c.][1]
    He doubled with two men aboard, scoring them both.
  4. Into a team, group, or company. [from mid-20th c.][1]
    The office manager welcomed him aboard.
  5. (nautical) Alongside. [from ca. 1350—1470][1]
    The ships came close aboard to pass messages.
    The captain laid his ship aboard the enemy's ship.

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  1. On board of; onto or into a ship, boat, train, plane. [from ca. 1350—1470][1]
    • 2012 March, William E. Carter, Merri Sue Carter, “The British Longitude Act Reconsidered”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, page 87:
      Conditions were horrendous aboard most British naval vessels at the time. Scurvy and other diseases ran rampant, killing more seamen each year than all other causes combined, including combat.
    We all went aboard the ship.
  2. Onto a horse. [from mid-20th c.][1]
  3. (obsolete) Across; athwart; alongside. [early 16th–late 17th c.][1]
    • 1591, Edmund Spenser, Virgil's Gnat:
      Nor iron bands aboard The Pontic Sea by their huge navy cast.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “aboard”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 6.