dor·​mer | \ ˈdȯr-mər How to pronounce dormer (audio) \

Definition of dormer

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

Illustration of dormer

Illustration of dormer

Other Words from dormer

dormered \ ˈdȯr-​mərd How to pronounce dormer (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dormer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Architectural details include eyebrow dormer windows, two-story columns and spiderweb mullion windows, according to Ms. Seery. Sarah Paynter, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 Start inside the house in the attic or your home’s dormer and work your way down. Gregory Burnett, cleveland, 5 Mar. 2022 The Bluth’s limestone home has 12 dormer windows flanked by statues modeled after ones the prior owners saw in Monaco. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 Check for missing shingles or failed flashing around openings in the roof, like at a chimney or dormer. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 3 Feb. 2022 Two more bedrooms have exposed beams above dormer windows. New York Times, 26 Jan. 2022 Ivy creeps up to the barrel dormer windows of the second floor. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The third floor contains three additional bedrooms with back-facing dormer windows for a total of six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Perched just above the Sunset Strip, the 95-year-old French Normandy-style residence brings a dramatic presence to the neighborhood with turrets and dormer windows, as well as a handful of balconies overlooking the city below. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dormer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of dormer

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dormer

Middle French dormeor dormitory, from Latin dormitorium

Learn More About dormer

Dictionary Entries Near dormer

dormant window



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for dormer

Last Updated

10 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“Dormer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for dormer


dor·​mer | \ ˈdȯr-mər How to pronounce dormer (audio) \

Kids Definition of dormer

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

More from Merriam-Webster on dormer

Nglish: Translation of dormer for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about dormer


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!