Definition of "dormitory" []

  • A room providing sleeping quarters for a number of persons. (noun)
  • A building for housing a number of persons, as at a school or resort. (noun)
  • A community whose inhabitants commute to a nearby city for employment and recreation. (noun)
  • A large room, esp at a school or institution, containing several beds (noun)

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  • A building, esp at a college or camp, providing living and sleeping accommodation (noun)
  • Denoting or relating to an area from which most of the residents commute to work (esp in the phrase dormitory suburb) (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "dormitory" in a sentence
  • "The rooms are light and airy, although the dormitory is rather filled up with beds."
  • "-- The Wall Street Journal: a student-run news service reported that five students -- two women and three men -- were killed Sunday night in dormitory raids by Basij forces at Tehran University."
  • "The fact that the vision occurred in the dormitory is only mentioned in passing and is not of particular interest to the author."