dor·​mi·​to·​ry ˈdȯr-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce dormitory (audio)
plural dormitories
: a room for sleeping
especially : a large room containing numerous beds
: a residence hall providing rooms for individuals or for groups usually without private baths
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 Michael Franklin Crumbley of Gaston County died days after he was attacked by other prisoners in an open dormitory area of the minimum-security prison, The Charlotte Observer reported last year. Ryan Oehrli, Charlotte Observer, 12 Apr. 2024 The dormitory on the second floor accommodated 62 firefighters, and the third floor contained the largest gym of any such facility in the country. Randy Mason, Kansas City Star, 10 Apr. 2024 Two male and two female dormitories are available to hikers only. The Arizona Republic, 30 Mar. 2024 The dormitories’ resident advisers are in the process of forming a union. Billy Witz, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2024 Two rooms in the converted student dormitory hang with drying laundry and are stuffed with cooking tools, a TV, and whatever else could be brought from home. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Mar. 2024 Police conducted standard procedures, including a well-being check in the dormitory, but could not locate Watkins by Friday, prompting additional measures. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 2 Mar. 2024 The house, named after St. John Berchmans, a Jesuit seminarian who died in 1621, served as a dormitory building back when Bellarmine was a boarding school and also as an infirmary. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 Her mom, unemployed and clinically stressed science journalist Fanny (Paprika Steen), looks set to be shipped out like most Danes to a more challenging destination such as a shabby high-rise suburb of Bucharest with eight people per apartment and a dormitory bedroom. John Hopewell, Variety, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin dormitorium, from dormire

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dormitory was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dormitory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


dor·​mi·​to·​ry ˈdȯr-mə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce dormitory (audio)
plural dormitories
: a sleeping room especially for several people
: a residence hall having many sleeping rooms
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