From Middle English dormitory, dormytory, dormytorye, borrowed from Latin dormītōrium (“a sleeping-room”), from dormiō (“to sleep”). Doublet of dorter.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdɔɹmɪˌtɔɹi/
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dormitory (plural dormitories)
- A room containing a number of beds (and often some other furniture and/or utilities) for sleeping, often applied to student and backpacker accommodation of this kind.
- 1842, [anonymous collaborator of Letitia Elizabeth Landon], “(please specify the page)”, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. […], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, […], OCLC 1000392275, pages 150–151:
- She will be much more likely to meet his wishes after a residence at the castle, than an imprisonment on short commons in her dormitory in Welbeck Street; for in one case she only learnt how much she could endure, in the other she will find how much she can enjoy.
- A building or part of a building which houses students, soldiers, monks etc. who sleep there and use communal further facilities.
- A dormitory town.
- (room for sleeping) dorm (common abbreviation)
room for sleeping
building or part thereof
- dormitory in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- dormitory in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- dormitory at OneLook Dictionary Search