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dormitory

[dawr-mi-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdɔr mɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
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
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin dormītōrium bedroom, equivalent to dormī(re) to sleep + -tōrium -tory2
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British Dictionary definitions for dormitories

dormitory

/ˈdɔːmɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (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.
(modifier) (Brit) denoting or relating to an area from which most of the residents commute to work (esp in the phrase dormitory suburb)
Often (for senses 1, 2) shortened to dorm
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dormītōrium, from dormīre to sleep
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Word Origin and History for dormitories

dormitory

n.

mid-15c., from Latin dormitorium "sleeping place," from dormire "to sleep" (see dormant). Old English had slæpern "dormitory," with ending as in barn.

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