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dormitory

noun dor·mi·to·ry \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

1
:  a room for sleeping; especially :  a large room containing numerous beds
2
:  a residence hall providing rooms for individuals or for groups usually without private baths
3
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.

Origin of DORMITORY

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

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DORMITORY Defined for Kids

dormitory

noun dor·mi·to·ry \ˈdr-mə-ˌtr-ē\
plural dor·mi·to·ries

Definition of DORMITORY for Kids

1
:  a building at a school with rooms where students live <a college dormitory>
2
:  a large room for several people to sleep

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