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From Middle English dormitory, dormytory, dormytorye, borrowed from Latin dormītōrium (a sleeping-room), from dormiō (to sleep). Doublet of dorter.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdɔɹmɪˌtɔɹi/
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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.
    • 1842, [anonymous collaborator of Letitia Elizabeth Landon], “(please specify the page)”, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, pages 150–151:
      She will be much more likely to meet his wishes after a residence at the castle, than an imprisonment on short commons in her dormitory in Welbeck Street; for in one case she only learnt how much she could endure, in the other she will find how much she can enjoy.
  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.


  • (room for sleeping) dorm (common abbreviation)

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