from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. A burial place.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place, building, or room to sleep in.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large sleeping room containing several beds
- n. a college or university building containing living quarters for students
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)
From Latin dormitorium ("a sleeping-room"), neuter of dormitorius ("belonging to sleep"), dormitor ("a sleeper"), from dormire ("to sleep"). (Wiktionary)