noun \ˈdr-mə-ˌtr-ē\

: a building on a school campus that has rooms where students can live

: a large room with many beds where people can sleep

plural dor·mi·to·ries

Full Definition of DORMITORY

:  a room for sleeping; especially :  a large room containing numerous beds
:  a residence hall providing rooms for individuals or for groups usually without private baths
chiefly British :  a residential community inhabited chiefly by commuters

Examples of DORMITORY

  1. Guests at the camp can stay in private cabins or for a smaller fee in the dormitories.


Middle English, from Latin dormitorium, from dormire
First Known Use: 15th century

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