\ ˈdȯrm How to pronounce dorm (audio) \
plural dorms

Definition of dorm

: dormitory In Norway, Tonya and Kerrigan were housed in the same dorm on the campus of the Toneheim Music School.— Randall Sullivan … writing about differences between coed dorms and single-sex dorms.— Karen Frantz The pigeons descend on her, fluttering noisily as she makes her way to a bench outside my freshman dorm.— Julie Zickefoose

Examples of dorm in a Sentence

We all lived in the same dorm during our sophomore year.
Recent Examples on the Web For example, a parent might list their college-aged child, but their child usually lives in a dorm in another city or state. Aviva Rutkin, The Conversation, "Your guide to the 2020 census questionnaire," 1 May 2020 At Rikers, Lopez was housed in a dorm with other men his age who were also there for parole violations. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "Leaving Rikers Island and coming home to a pandemic," 29 Apr. 2020 He was injured in a dorm at the training complex run by the state Department of Public Safety Standards & Training. oregonlive, "3 police recruits resign for their roles in serious injury of fellow student at Oregon’s basic police academy," 24 Apr. 2020 Watson, who is a server at El Tovar Hotel on the edge of the canyon, is among many South Rim employees who live in a dorm. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "Millions visit Grand Canyon, but 2,500 who live there stand to be most hurt by coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 His things are still sitting in a dorm in Nashville. Amy Joyce, Washington Post, "What happens when college kids leave the nest — and the coronavirus sends them back," 16 Mar. 2020 Ketz lives in a dorm and said students will be allowed to continue living on campus. Max Londberg,, "Coronavirus Ohio: UC students scramble amid looming suspension of in-person classes," 11 Mar. 2020 As the investigation continued, the Intelligence Unit suspected additional drugs were in the dorm and another shakedown and scan were scheduled. Erika Butler,, "Suspected drugs found during shakedowns at Harford detention center last week," 26 Sep. 2019 Socializing was a goal of living in the dorm; the residence hall set a high standard for social behavior. Carla Yanni, Smithsonian, "How College Dorms Evolved to Fit America’s Gender and Racial Politics," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dorm

1900, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2020

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“Dorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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