A dormitory is defined as a building in which many people live and sleep, particularly at a college.(noun)
An example of a dormitory is a building with rooms where residential students live at a university.
The definition of dormitory is a British term that means a small town or suburb whose residents travel to work daily in a nearby city.(adjective)
An example of a dormitory town is a small town within commuting distance to London.
See dormitory in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. dormitories
Origin: ME dormitorie < L dormitorium, place for sleeping < dormitorius, of or for sleeping < pp. of dormire: see dormant
See dormitory in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. dor·mi·to·ries
Origin: Middle English dormitorie
Origin: , from Latin dormītōrium
Origin: , from dormītōrius, of sleep
Origin: , from dormītus
Origin: , past participle of dormīre, to sleep.
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