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[dawr-mer] /ˈdɔr mər/
Also called dormer window. a vertical window in a projection built out from a sloping roof.
the entire projecting structure.
Origin of dormer
1585-95; < Middle French dormoir dormitory
Related forms
dormered, adjective Unabridged
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  • The capital of the Territory was composed chiefly of roofs and dormer windows, of squatty wooden islands in a boundless sea.

    Old Kaskaskia Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • It had a dormer window, at no great distance above the eaves.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • "I've really had to be quite shy with Mr. dormer in the hothouses," she said.

    The Great Miss Driver Anthony Hope
  • The dormer window had sides which were curtained with green.

  • I'll take Mr. dormer in the brougham; I want to talk with Mr. dormer; he must drive with me to the theatre.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for dormer


a construction with a gable roof and a window at its outer end that projects from a sloping roof Also called dormer window
Word Origin
C16: from Old French dormoir, from Latin dormītōriumdormitory
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Word Origin and History for dormer

1590s, originally "window of a sleeping room," from Middle French dormeor "sleeping room," from dormir "to sleep" (see dormant).

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