dormitory

noun
dor·​mi·​to·​ry | \ ˈdȯr-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce dormitory (audio) \
plural dormitories

Definition of dormitory

1 : a room for sleeping especially : a large room containing numerous beds
2 : a residence hall providing rooms for individuals or for groups usually without private baths
3 chiefly British : a residential community inhabited chiefly by commuters

Examples of dormitory in a Sentence

Guests at the camp can stay in private cabins or for a smaller fee in the dormitories.
Recent Examples on the Web Liu booked the dormitory and even researched how to travel to the U.S. by circumventing travel restrictions. Henry Ren And Xurui Tan, USA TODAY, "Under ICE rules and visa complications, a semester with no new international students awaits," 30 July 2020 In multiple studies, researchers have found that COVID-19’s secondary attack rate, the proportion of susceptible people that one sick person will infect in a circumscribed setting, such as a household or dormitory, can be as low as 10 to 20 percent. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "We Need to Talk About Ventilation," 30 July 2020 According to witnesses, a verbal altercation ensued and continued into the dormitory area. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Denver man charged with murder in connection with stabbing inside National Western Complex," 23 June 2020 In order to decrease density in residential facilities and minimize unnecessary social contact, college administrators are lowering dormitory occupancy and mandating changes to life in residence halls. Elinor Aspegren And Samuel Zwickel, USA TODAY, "In person, online classes or a mix: Colleges' fall 2020 coronavirus reopening plans, detailed," 23 June 2020 Testing the wastewater of a nursing home, prison, or dormitory could potentially give an early signal that one or more residents are infected and therefore prompt testing of each resident. Anna Mehrotra, STAT, "It’s time to begin a national wastewater testing program for Covid-19," 9 July 2020 Every person on Princeton's campus, including visitors, will be required to wear a face covering when inside, except in a dormitory or apartment. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Harvard and Princeton announce plans to bring back students for the fall semester," 6 July 2020 The dormitory in the prison where that inmate was housed was placed on quarantine. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "2 state prison inmates with COVID-19 die in 4-day span," 2 July 2020 In order to decrease density in residential facilities and minimize unnecessary social contact, college administrators are lowering dormitory occupancy and mandating changes to life in residence halls. Elinor Aspegren And Samuel Zwickel, USA TODAY, "In person, online classes or a mix: Colleges' fall 2020 coronavirus reopening plans, detailed," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of dormitory

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dormitory

Middle English, from Latin dormitorium, from dormire

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9 Aug 2020

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“Dormitory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dormitory. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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dormitory

noun
How to pronounce dormitory (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dormitory

US : a building on a school campus that has rooms where students can live
: a large room with many beds where people can sleep

dormitory

noun
dor·​mi·​to·​ry | \ ˈdȯr-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce dormitory (audio) \
plural dormitories

Kids Definition of dormitory

1 : a building at a school with rooms where students live a college dormitory
2 : a large room for several people to sleep

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