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[dawr-mi-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdɔr mɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
noun, plural dormitories.
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.
a room containing a number of beds and serving as communal sleeping quarters, as in an institution, fraternity house, or passenger ship.
Origin of dormitory
1475-85; < Latin dormītōrium bedroom, equivalent to dormī(re) to sleep + -tōrium -tory2 Unabridged
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  • Regentsen, a dormitory for poor students at the university, was built by him.

  • I must own that the poor man was not welcomed by his dormitory companions.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Who was it that kicked the plaster off the dormitory wall higher than her head?

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • The smooth walls were such as he might have found in his own dormitory.

    Runaway William Morrison
  • The southern gable or dormitory, was provided in the centre with one window of similar size and construction.

    Hardscrabble John Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for dormitory


/ˈdɔːmɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
a large room, esp at a school or institution, containing several beds
(US) a building, esp at a college or camp, providing living and sleeping accommodation
(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 dormitory

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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