parlor-boarder love


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pupil in a boarding-school who has many privileges not granted to the ordinary pupils.


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  • Though there is a tradition in the school that, a short time after the founding of the establishment, the late lamented husband of Mrs. Smith, who was fond of equestrian exercise, kept a horse -- which a parlor-boarder, niece of Mrs. Smith, was allowed to ride -- hence the provision in the circular.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • So it happened that, about half an hour afterward, Sara struck the entire school-room of pupils dumb with amazement, by making her appearance in a costume such as she had never worn since the change of fortune whereby she ceased to be a show-pupil and a parlor-boarder.

    Sara Crewe; or What Happened at Miss Minchin's


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