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 Rakeesh Kumar, 24, was walking towards his dormitory on Sunday night when four masked men stopped him. Time, "'The Police Did Nothing.' Students in India Are Protesting After a Masked Mob Violently Attacked a Top Delhi University," 7 Jan. 2020 Shahid Hussain, a 25-year-old history major, said police broke the windows of his dormitory and lobbed a tear gas canister inside. NBC News, "Indian students decry police as citizenship protests grow," 17 Dec. 2019 Braeden Bradforth, a 315-pound (140-kilogram) defensive lineman for Garden City Community College, was found unconscious in an alley outside his dormitory after practice on Aug. 1, 2018. Washington Post, "Kansas community college denies claims in heatstroke death," 12 Dec. 2019 Later, toward the end of her freshman year, the Black Panther Bobby Seale was tried for murder at the courthouse across the street, and Yale students who supported the Black Panthers protested and housed other protesters in their dormitories. Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, "Yale’s First Women Changed Their School Amid a Changing America," 22 Sep. 2019 From her dormitory, Ms. Maheshwari, who had arrived with a black eye and head wounds, quietly narrated her story. New York Times, "India’s Widows, Abused at Home, Have Sought Refuge in This Holy City for Centuries," 27 Aug. 2019 In Hesson’s first year at U-Va., homophobic language appeared in student dormitories, Hesson said. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "A U-Va. bridge mural about black trans women was defaced with pro-gun messages — twice," 18 Dec. 2019 Logan Lewis, who was enrolled in his second year of Hocking College’s medical lab technician program, was found unresponsive by authorities in his dormitory on Dec. 6, according to WBNS. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "College Student in Ohio Suffers Fatal Allergic Reaction to Milk Product," 13 Dec. 2019 The university also dealt with severe mold issues in some dormitories during the unusually wet weather of the summer and fall of 2018. Liz Bowie,, "University of Maryland officials followed protocols during adenovirus outbreak but failed to coordinate response efforts," 13 Nov. 2019

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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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28 Jan 2020

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“Dormitory.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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