dor·mer | \ˈdȯr-mər \

Definition of dormer 

: a window set vertically in a structure projecting through a sloping roof also : the roofed structure containing such a window

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dormered \-mərd \ adjective

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Two dormers punctuate the sloping roofline to further the classic look. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Actor-comedian Gary Valentine cuts loose from updated ranch house in Encino," 27 June 2018 In the past year, crews completed exterior work, which included a new roof, dormers, and shoring up the structure. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Students Make Donation Toward Train Station Renewal," 26 June 2018 The new home’s dormers, vertical window muntins, and three-paneled interior doors hark back to Arts and Crafts cottages built in the Poconos in the early 1900s. Sally A. Downey,, "Poconos weekend retreat becomes year-round home," 12 June 2018 The biggest structural challenge of the renovation was to remove the ugly dormer and rebuild it, using Welsh slate tiles to clad the roof and Portland stone to recreate its original decorative pediment. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Luxury Homes in London With Ties to the Titanic," 11 Apr. 2018 Clapboard siding and dormers continue the classic look on the second level. Neal J. Leitereg,, "1930s Brentwood classic was once home to Glinda the Good Witch," 3 Apr. 2018 Somehow, despite peeling paint, rotting wood, and overgrown trees, the home’s grand original features (hello dormers and hello porch!) still shine. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "For $65,000, This Once-Grand Mississippi Mansion is Now The Ultimate Fixer Upper," 16 Apr. 2018 Upstairs, the home's dormer windows create a space for a desk and reading area. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Moby sees quick interest in refreshed Los Feliz home," 10 Mar. 2018 The kids’ area is situated in a brand-new dormer lofted above the original space. Becca Endicott, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: An Old-Fashioned Summer Camp, Redesigned For Winter," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of dormer

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dormer

Middle French dormeor dormitory, from Latin dormitorium

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The first known use of dormer was in 1592

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English Language Learners Definition of dormer

: a window that is in a part of a building that sticks out from a slanted roof

: the part of a building that contains a dormer


dor·mer | \ˈdȯr-mər \

Kids Definition of dormer

: a window placed upright in a sloping roof or the structure containing it

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