from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bedroom or dormitory, especially in a monastery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sleeping-room; a dormitory, especially of a monastery.


From Old French dortour (modern dortoir), from Latin dormitorium ‘dormitory’. (Wiktionary)



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  • "For Cambridge generally, the bells acted as a daytime clock; appointments were made by them, sandglasses turned, business begun and closed; they rang laborers to their fields at Lauds, sent them home at vespers. But their clanging by night allowed sleeping laity the schadenfreude of staying in bed while nuns and monks were having to issue from their cells and dorters to sing vigils."
    Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin, p 276 of the Berkley paperback edition

    February 27, 2012