dor·​mer ˈdȯr-mər How to pronounce dormer (audio)
: a window set vertically in a structure projecting through a sloping roof
also : the roofed structure containing such a window
dormered adjective

Illustration of dormer

Illustration of dormer

Examples of dormer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Orlando said after the roof, the gutters and new dormers are a high priority. Journal Sentinel, 4 Apr. 2024 The couple subsequently undertook an extensive restoration in conjunction with Tate Builders, which included adding dormers, and replicating antique windows and doors. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2023 In the primary bathroom of her home (formerly a church), designer Nathalie Chong set tub into the dormer offers and squeezed in a double vanity. Amanda Sims Clifford, House Beautiful, 19 Dec. 2022 Two of the couple’s daughters comfortably share one of the bedrooms on the second floor, where inserting a dormer drastically enlarged the space. Marni Elyse Katz, House Beautiful, 11 Nov. 2022 The roof is a little taller with a dormer that matches the house. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2023 Light pours in from above, even on an overcast day, thanks to a dormer with a Palladian window that faces to the front of the house. Hartford Courant, 18 Feb. 2023 The third-floor primary bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, two walk-in closets, and a bath with a soaking tub tucked into a dormer window. Marni Elyse Katz,, 18 Jan. 2023 The third-floor dormer, which Thomas designed to echo the adjacent one, is painted gray to recede. Marni Elyse Katz,, 28 Dec. 2022

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Word History


Middle French dormeor dormitory, from Latin dormitorium

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dormer was in 1592

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“Dormer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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dor·​mer ˈdȯr-mər How to pronounce dormer (audio)
: a window placed upright in a sloping roof
also : the structure containing a dormer window

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