dormitory

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noun dor·mi·to·ry \ˈdȯr-mə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of dormitory

plural

dormitories

  1. 1 :  a room for sleeping; especially :  a large room containing numerous beds

  2. 2 :  a residence hall providing rooms for individuals or for groups usually without private baths

  3. 3 chiefly British :  a residential community inhabited chiefly by commuters

Examples of dormitory in a Sentence

  1. Guests at the camp can stay in private cabins or for a smaller fee in the dormitories.

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Origin and Etymology of dormitory

Middle English, from Latin dormitorium, from dormire


First Known Use: 15th century

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DORMITORY Defined for English Language Learners

dormitory

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Definition of dormitory for English Language Learners

  • : a building on a school campus that has rooms where students can live

  • : a large room with many beds where people can sleep


DORMITORY Defined for Kids

dormitory

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noun dor·mi·to·ry \ˈdȯr-mə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of dormitory for Students

plural

dormitories

  1. 1 :  a building at a school with rooms where students live a college dormitory

  2. 2 :  a large room for several people to sleep



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