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

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

Examples of dormer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dormer of the house has also been repaired over the jail. Fox News, "Vermont home includes jail cells, barn for less than $150G," 30 Dec. 2020 On the outside, mixed siding and a stylish dormer add classic Craftsman curb appeal. Star Tribune, "Home plan: Compact Craftsman hits all the right notes," 25 Dec. 2020 Between these ends, a low-curving eyebrow dormer is set into the cedar shake roof. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Location of lavish $2.2M Birmingham home is a big selling point," 19 Dec. 2020 The fourth home on the tour is an elevated 1941 house with classic shutters and a dormer window. oregonlive, "See stylish home improvements and decorating ideas online: Duniway Holiday Home Tour," 8 Dec. 2020 Slated for demolition are fireplaces, balustrades, roofs, staircases, a chimney and a dormer roof window. Steve Rubenstein,, "Big plans for historic Petaluma house have some neighborhood foes digging in," 5 Dec. 2020 Most of original art glass windows had been removed by previous owners, except for one window that continues to light the attic through a front eyebrow dormer. oregonlive, "1896 Queen Anne, owned by drag queen Darcelle, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places," 30 Sep. 2020 The district council has granted the couple planning permission to install two rear dormer windows and knock down and rebuild the garage. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "J.K. Rowling Secretly Bought Back Her Childhood Home, Which Had Heavily Influenced Harry Potter," 16 Apr. 2020 Upstairs, there’s a loft with two dormer nooks and a master suite with a marble bathroom and private balcony. Pocketing doors open outside, where a flagstone patio includes a grill and fireplace. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Baseball agent Scott Boras inks deal for Newport Beach home," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dormer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce dormer (audio) \

Kids Definition of dormer

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

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