- 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.
An example of a dormitory town is a small town within commuting distance to London.
- A dormitory is defined as a building in which many people live and sleep, particularly at a college.
An example of a dormitory is a building with rooms where residential students live at a university.
A dormitory building on a college campus.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a room, building, or part of a building with sleeping accommodations for a number of people
- ☆ a building with many rooms that provide sleeping and living accommodations for a number of people, as at college
Origin: Middle English dormitorie ; from Classical Latin dormitorium, place for sleeping ; from dormitorius, of or for sleeping ; from past participle of dormire: see dormant
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noun pl. dor·mi·to·ries
- A room providing sleeping quarters for a number of persons.
- A building for housing a number of persons, as at a school or resort.
- A community whose inhabitants commute to a nearby city for employment and recreation.
Origin: Middle English dormitorie, from Latin dormītōrium, from dormītōrius, of sleep, from dormītus, past participle of dormīre, to sleep.