\ ˈdȯrm How to pronounce dorm (audio) \
plural dorms

Definition of dorm

: dormitory In Norway, Tonya and Kerrigan were housed in the same dorm on the campus of the Toneheim Music School.— Randall Sullivan … writing about differences between coed dorms and single-sex dorms.— Karen Frantz The pigeons descend on her, fluttering noisily as she makes her way to a bench outside my freshman dorm.— Julie Zickefoose

Examples of dorm in a Sentence

We all lived in the same dorm during our sophomore year.
Recent Examples on the Web This Incandescent torchiere floor lamp works great for lighting small-to-medium-sized rooms, including bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, and even a dorm room. Tim Kohut, BGR, 3 June 2021 All-American forward at the University of Maryland who seemed certain to become the next Celtics superstar, died in the early morning of June 19, 1986 in his dorm room on the school campus., 2 June 2021 Late one night less than five years ago, in her bed in a dorm room, Victoria Garrick went online looking for help. New York Times, 1 June 2021 The then-38-year-old Polish entrepreneur had spent nearly two decades transforming InPost, a college dorm-room business that shoved supermarket coupons through letterboxes, into a $120 million–a-year commercial mail business. Iain Martin, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Before their first summer on campus ended, Markieff was accused of shooting a woman with an Airsoft rifle BB gun from their dorm room window. Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 According to the police report, after a night of drinking at a popular bar near the Baton Rouge campus that March, an LSU student who’d known Silva from the previous semester let him into her dorm room. USA Today, 26 May 2021 Their dorm room experiments eventually became Exo, the cricket protein bar that was sold online and in places like higher-end gyms. Shannon Fitzgerald, Fortune, 23 May 2021 Instead of a cold, impersonal email or dorm-room phone call, your letter writing will give you time to delve deep and get to fully know each other. Mark Antonio Wright, National Review, 22 May 2021

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First Known Use of dorm

1900, in the meaning defined above

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6 Jun 2021

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“Dorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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