American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A room providing sleeping quarters for a number of persons.
- n. A building for housing a number of persons, as at a school or resort.
- n. A community whose inhabitants commute to a nearby city for employment and recreation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place, building, or room to sleep in. Specifically — A place in convents where the monks or nuns sleep, either divided into a succession of small chambers or cells, or left undivided, in the form commonly of a long room. The dormitory has usually immediate access to the church or chapel, for the convenience of its occupants in attending nocturnal services.
- n. That part of a boarding-school or other institution where the inmates sleep, usually a large room, either open or divided by low partitions, or a series of rooms opening upon a common hall or corridor: in American colleges, sometimes an entire building divided into sleeping-rooms.
- n. A burial-place; a cemetery. See cemetery, which has the same etymological meaning.
- n. 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. Common abbreviation: dorm
- n. A building or part of a building which houses students, soldiers, monks etc. who sleep there and use communal further facilities.
- n. Short for dormitory town, a suburban or rural settlement housing city workers
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sleeping room, or a building containing a series of sleeping rooms; a sleeping apartment capable of containing many beds; esp., one connected with a college or boarding school.
- n. obsolete A burial place.
- n. a large sleeping room containing several beds
- n. a college or university building containing living quarters for students
- From Latin dormitorium ("a sleeping-room"), neuter of dormitorius ("belonging to sleep"), dormitor ("a sleeper"), from dormire ("to sleep"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English dormitorie, from Latin dormītōrium, from dormītōrius, of sleep, from dormītus, past participle of dormīre, to sleep. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The rooms are light and airy, although the dormitory is rather filled up with beds.”
“-- The Wall Street Journal: a student-run news service reported that five students -- two women and three men -- were killed Sunday night in dormitory raids by Basij forces at Tehran University.”
“The fact that the vision occurred in the dormitory is only mentioned in passing and is not of particular interest to the author.”
“Now you get exersize on jobs and eat in dormitory hall with other Mellican worker!”
“Evidently it was known as the dormitory to the end of its days.”
“By the time daylight began to creep into that big old room that everybody was calling a dormitory, I had already been planning for a good two hours how I was going to get out of Wiltwyck.”
“It is what we call a dormitory municipality: the residents go there to live and elsewhere to work.”
“She found that the dormitory was the most secluded space in female houses, while in men's houses, the sacristy held that position.”
“So it's quite possible that he was responsible for both the shooting at that dormitory, which is called West AJ Hall, and as well the shooting at Norris Hall, about two and a half hours later, at which some 30 people were killed.”
“The dormitory was a great attic like a barrack room, with sixty or seventy beds in it.”
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