noun (plural -ries) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin dormitorium, from dormire Date: 15th century 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

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  • Dormitory — A typical American university and college dormitory room A dormitory, often shortened to dorm, in the United States is a residence hall consisting of sleeping quarters or entire buildings primarily providing sleeping and residential quarters for… …   Wikipedia

  • dormitory — [[t]dɔ͟ː(r)mɪtri, AM tɔːri[/t]] dormitories 1) N COUNT A dormitory is a large bedroom where several people sleep, for example in a boarding school. ...the boys dormitory... The latest refugees were housed in makeshift dormitories. 2) N COUNT A… …   English dictionary

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