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 Three people were killed and 12 injured after Russians launched missiles at a local school, a college dormitory and private homes in Novgorod-Siversky, a city in the northern region of Chernihiv, Ukrainian military officials said Thursday. Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 The Whitney Hotel Boston, a former nurses’ dormitory, is another of my favorite boutique hotels. Globe Staff,, 6 May 2022 Zelenskyy said the attack destroyed a dormitory and killed a 14-year-old boy. Cara Anna And Inna Varenytsia, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2022 Zelenskyy said the attack destroyed a dormitory and killed a 14-year-old boy. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 3 May 2022 An incident seemingly not dissimilar happened just a few days later when a drone carrying an aerial bomb flew from Ukraine to Croatia and crashed near a student dormitory. Grayson Quay, The Week, 27 Apr. 2022 In a March 10 incident, a large, explosives-laden drone launched from Ukraine lost contact with its operator, flew over two North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries and crashed in Zagreb, Croatia, next to a student dormitory. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2022 The jury finds Virginia Tech failed to notify students early enough following the discovery of two shooting victims at West Ambler Johnston dormitory. CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 In addition, the university stripped the name of one of its prominent 20th-century trustees, Douglas Southall Freeman, from a dormitory now known as Residence Hall No. 3. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Dormitory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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