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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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Examples from the web for dormitory
  • McCormick lived in the same dormitory as his accuser.
  • One of the dormitory clusters and its smaller recreational courtyards.
  • The dormitory thing being mandatory is a new one to me.
  • Century leases land on campus from the university, then finances, builds and manages the dormitory.
  • My accommodations during one campus interview was in a dormitory.
  • But in this recession year, the concept of dormitory accommodations is taking on a new appeal.
  • Fifteen other nuns were able to escape from top-floor dormitory.
  • They live in the factory's dormitory, and survive on food deliveries brought in by boat.
  • He lived in a dormitory on the campus, but not the one where the shooting began.
  • The floors of the long dormitory hallways are often used for writing banners.
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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