dormitory

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English dormitory, dormytory, dormytorye, from Latin dormitorium (a sleeping-room), neuter of dormitorius (belonging to sleep), dormitor (a sleeper), from dormire (to sleep). Doublet of dorter.

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dormitory (plural dormitories)

  1. A room containing a number of beds (and often some other furniture and/or utilities) for sleeping, often applied to student and backpacker accommodation of this kind.
  2. A building or part of a building which houses students, soldiers, monks etc. who sleep there and use communal further facilities.
  3. A dormitory town.

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  • (room for sleeping) dorm (common abbreviation)

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