dormitories

dormitory

[dawr-mi-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
noun, plural dormitories.
1.
a building, as at a college, containing a number of private or semiprivate rooms for residents, usually along with common bathroom facilities and recreation areas.
2.
a room containing a number of beds and serving as communal sleeping quarters, as in an institution, fraternity house, or passenger ship.

Origin:
1475–85; < Latin dormītōrium bedroom, equivalent to dormī(re) to sleep + -tōrium -tory2

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dormitory (ˈdɔːmɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  a large room, esp at a school or institution, containing several beds
2.  (US) a building, esp at a college or camp, providing living and sleeping accommodation
3.  (Brit) (modifier) denoting or relating to an area from which most of the residents commute to work (esp in the phrase dormitory suburb)
 
[C15: from Latin dormītōrium, from dormīre to sleep]

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dormitory
mid-15c., from L. dormitorium, from dormire "to sleep" (see dormant).
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