[dawr-mi-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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.

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

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