Definition of aboard in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈbɔːd/

adverb& preposition

1On or into (a ship, aircraft, train, or other vehicle): [as adverb]: the plane crashed, killing all 158 people aboard figurative he came aboard as IBM’s new chairman [as preposition]: I climbed aboard the yacht
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  • Perhaps the customers have magically climbed aboard a ship.
  • Most rail passengers felt uneasy as they climbed aboard their first train after the Paddington disaster.
  • I climb aboard the train a minute or two before it pulls out of the station and find to my horror that my seat is taken.
1.1On or on to (a horse): [as adverb]: with Richard Migliore aboard, he won the cup at a gallop
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  • His last win was aboard a horse called Volvo at Punchestown.
  • He has already won in Limerick on his other horse Ballytobin and aboard Kilcrea Shyan in Listowel two years ago.
  • Photo number two shows local postman Owen McDonald aboard his horse and cart driving up Ballymanus Terrace.
1.2 Baseball On base: [as adverb]: putting their first batter aboard
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  • The jerk came up to bat looking grim and manly and got aboard with a bloop grounder down the third-base line.
  • In the bottom of the fifth, the Kikuyus added an insurance run when Harold got aboard on an error and Demetrius slapped a routine grounder that went under the shortstop's glove and past the left fielder.
  • The Reds nudged and shouldered at the lead, putting their first batter aboard in the third, fourth, and fifth innings but never quite bringing him around.


all aboard!

A call warning passengers to get on a ship, train, or bus that is about to depart.
Example sentences
  • It's all aboard the Air Train to Denver International Airport - even though passengers won't be loading luggage for another 10 years.
  • Then it's all aboard to see the royal beds (yes, singles; separate rooms), the portable Rolls-Royce Phantom, and the surprisingly naff 1950s furniture.
  • It is all aboard for the 7.45 pm Gravesend Railway Enthusiasts Society meeting on July 30.


Late Middle English: from a-2 (expressing motion) + board, reinforced by Old French à bord.

Words that rhyme with aboard

abroad, accord, afford, applaud, award, bawd, board, broad, chord, Claude, cord, ford, fraud, gaud, Gawd, hoard, horde, laud, lord, maraud, milord, sward, sword, toward, unawed, unexplored, unrestored, ward

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