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An occupant of a portion of a dwelling, such as a hotel or boardinghouse, who has mere use of the premises without actual or exclusive possession thereof. Anyone who lives or stays in part of a building that is operated by another and who does not have control over the rooms therein.


noun addressee, boarder, denizen, deversor, dweller, habitant, indweller, inhabitant, inhabiter, inmate, leaseholder, lessee, occupant, occupier, possessor, rent payer, renter, resident, residentiary, resider, roomer, sojourner, tenant, termor, transient
See also: habitant, inhabitant, lessee, occupant, resident, tenant

LODGER. One who has a right to inhabit another man's house. He has not the same right as a tenant; and is not entitled to the same notice to quit. Woodf. L. &_T. 177. See 7 Mann. & Gr. 87; S. C. 49 E. C. L. R. 85, 151, and article Inmate.

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Without another word spoken on either side, the lodger took from his great trunk, a kind of temple, shining as of polished silver, and placed it carefully on the table.
Hot water--' said the lodger, handing it to Mr Swiveller with as much coolness as if he had a kitchen fire before him--
The lodger took his breakfast like a man who was used to work these miracles, and thought nothing of them.
I beg your pardon,' said Dick, halting in his passage to the door, which the lodger prepared to open.
I'll blame nobody,' said the lodger, with such irascibility that in a moment Dick found himself on the staircase, and the locked door between them.
He also gave them to understand that the cooking apparatus roasted a fine piece of sirloin of beef, weighing about six pounds avoir-dupoise, in two minutes and a quarter, as he had himself witnessed, and proved by his sense of taste; and further, that, however the effect was produced, he had distinctly seen water boil and bubble up when the single gentleman winked; from which facts he (Mr Swiveller) was led to infer that the lodger was some great conjuror or chemist, or both, whose residence under that roof could not fail at some future days to shed a great credit and distinction on the name of Brass, and add a new interest to the history of Bevis Marks.
Among those who failed to appear were "the genteel lady and her old- maidish daughter," who had only been lodgers in the house for the last fortnight, but had several times complained of the noise and uproar in Katerina Ivanovna's room, especially when Marmeladov had come back drunk.
amid loud laughter from all the lodgers, who purposely encouraged Amalia Ivanovna, hoping for a fight.
The Government's Rent A Room scheme is a great incentive to homeowners and we fought for six and a half years to help make taking in a lodger more appealing than ever.
Sarah was looking to advertise for a lodger to live with her in her new home when she heard about the Barnardo's Supported Lodgings Scheme.
Luckily she got out safe with her lodger who got burnt trying to put out the fire.