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 Holbrook Chamberlain willed another $100,000 to Leland after his death, which helped fund a new dormitory, designed by Thomas Sully and completed in 1884. Richard Campanella,, "Baker's long-gone Leland College was Uptown New Orleans' first university," 4 Dec. 2020 Meals will be delivered to dormitory rooms, and students will be allowed outdoor recreational time, with alternating access for students who have tested positive and those who have tested negative. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "University of Dallas' Rome campus under quarantine after 29 test positive for coronavirus," 20 Oct. 2020 Sites include the former Bethesda Hospital, Harriet Island Pavilion, Duluth and Case Recreation Center and one in a vacant dormitory at Luther Seminary. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "St. Paul grapples with third encampment death this winter," 20 Jan. 2021 The department has tripled the amount of ADA-compliant housing space and reduced the number of bunks in each dormitory, Gray said. Christine Condon,, "Maryland to pay $360,000 to inmates with disabilities who sued over inaccessibility at state prisons," 16 Dec. 2020 Beds eventually opened up in the medical isolation wing, and some patients were sent there while about 20 remained in the southern dormitory, Ducatenzeiler said. NBC News, "With winter approaching, homeless shelters face big challenges against coronavirus," 5 Dec. 2020 The blue and white marble pattern on the helmet and shoulders is meant to recall the marble accents seen throughout the Naval Academy grounds, like the crypt of John Paul Jones and throughout Bancroft Hall, the largest dormitory in the country. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Army and Navy pay tribute to rich traditions with uniforms for 121st matchup," 1 Dec. 2020 The calculations about what should be taught, or better yet what shouldn't be, sound like the workings of an all-night dormitory bull session. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Disruption overload," 4 Jan. 2021 Now, all students at the dormitory will be tested this week. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At Marquette University's Schroeder Hall, students deal with 'shock' of life under COVID-19 quarantine," 15 Sep. 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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23 Feb 2021

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“Dormitory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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


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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