Definition of dormitory in English:

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dormitory

Pronunciation: /ˈdôrməˌtôrē/

noun (plural dormitories)

1A large bedroom for a number of people in a school or institution.
Example sentences
  • Before mass started, the First Lady toured the school and saw her former class room and the dormitory where she used to sleep.
  • Inmates sleep in either bedrooms or dormitories and there is no lock down at night.
  • In 1879 another wing was added to the school with extra dormitories and classrooms.
1.1North American A university or college hall of residence or hostel.
Example sentences
  • Players hang out together and reside in college campus dormitories.
  • Two weeks later I was living in a dormitory at the University, dating fraternity boys and trying to figure out why I hated it so much.
  • Reducing environmental noise while one is trying to sleep can be particularly challenging - especially in university dormitories.
1.2 [as modifier] chiefly British Denoting a small town or suburb providing a residential area for those who work in a nearby city.
Example sentences
  • Yet nowadays declining inner cities are disproportionately represented, at the expense of dormitory towns and rural areas.
  • Couples with families might see more benefit in suburbs, or dormitory towns.
  • Her letter calls for development to prevent dormitory towns and villages, promote affordable housing and protect tourist attractions.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin dormitorium, neuter (used as a noun) of dormitorius, from dormire 'to sleep'.

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Syllabification: dor·mi·to·ry

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