• A Dormitory in the "Six Poor Travellers" and Gallery Leading to the Dormitories
    A Dormitory in the "Six Poor Travellers" and Gallery Leading to the Dormitories
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dormitory a college or university building containing living quarters for students
    • n dormitory a large sleeping room containing several beds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dormitory A burial place. "My sister was interred in a very honorable manner in our dormitory , joining to the parish church."
    • Dormitory A sleeping room, or a building containing a series of sleeping rooms; a sleeping apartment capable of containing many beds; esp., one connected with a college or boarding school.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dormitory A place, building, or room to sleep in. Specifically — A place in convents where the monks or nuns sleep, either divided into a succession of small chambers or cells, or left undivided, in the form commonly of a long room. The dormitory has usually immediate access to the church or chapel, for the convenience of its occupants in attending nocturnal services.
    • n dormitory That part of a boarding-school or other institution where the inmates sleep, usually a large room, either open or divided by low partitions, or a series of rooms opening upon a common hall or corridor: in American colleges, sometimes an entire building divided into sleeping-rooms.
    • n dormitory A burial-place; a cemetery. See cemetery, which has the same etymological meaning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dormitory a large sleeping-chamber with many beds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dormitorium, fr. dormitorius, of or for sleeping, fr. dormire, to sleep. See Dormant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dormir—L. dormīre, to sleep.


In literature:

Dwellings and dormitories were in the dark places.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
She managed the dormitory and the refectory.
"Marie Claire" by Marguerite Audoux
We must clear out the infirmary, carry all the sick ones into the dormitory.
"The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
I guess we're the only fellows in this dormitory to-night.
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
The small double dormitory in which she slept was No.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
He asks his guide, and his guide tells him they were the monks' dormitories.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
You have chosen a sorry dormitory for the heir of the proud house of Moncton.
"The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I" by Susanna Moodie
An unfinished attic constituted the dormitory for the rising generation.
"History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
When finally he was released, and found himself on his way to the dormitory, under Dick's sheltering wing, he broke down.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
In the dormitory Ramsbottom successfully interfered with conversation by patrolling the chamber until the boys were asleep.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed

In poetry:

All our various paths are tending
To one dormitory;
Death in common ruins blending
Poverty and glory:
O'er the grave the hills arise
Of the eternal paradise.
"God over all" by John Bowring
You lie in the last stall
Of that grey dormitory--
Fear not lest mad mischance
Should find you lapt and shrouded
Alive in helpless trance
Though seeming death-beclouded:
"Musing on a Great Soldier" by Frederic Herbert Trench
There is a bird who, by his coat
And by the hoarseness of his note,
Might be supposed a crow;
A great frequenter of the church,
Where, bishop-like, he finds a perch,
And dormitory too.
"The Jackdaw" by William Cowper
And brooding over the enormous dormitory
The mind grows shrill at those nothings in lead rooms
Who were beautiful once or dull and ordinary,
But loved, all loved, all called to sheltering arms.
"An Old Lament Renewed" by Vernon Scannell
Calmly on! the grave's dormitory
Hath its sweet visions of hope and glory;
Heaven shall cheer its stillness deep,
Heaven shall watch its holy sleep;
O'er it a brighter sun shall rise
Than ever lighted the visible skies.
"Winter: Friday Morning" by John Bowring

In news:

Building a Dormitory for Girls in Tanzania.
Calvary Rescue Mission assistant house manager Robert Oliver, a former resident, walks through the 46 bed dormitory in the basement of the facility.
Victim was found beaten to death inside her dormitory.
Authorities have released the name of the college student who was found beaten to death inside her dormitory room at a western New York college.
BURLINGTON — A University of Vermont student who pleaded guilty to unlawful mischief for setting fire to trash in a dormitory last month says he was so high on alcohol and drugs he doesn't remember what he did.
A Rutgers-Camden dormitory complex that houses more than 500 people was evacuated Saturday afternoon after a fire started in the first-floor laundry room of a 10-story tower.
A Rutgers Camden dormitory complex that houses more than 500 people was evacuated Saturday afternoon after a fire started in the first-floor laundry room of a 10-story residence hall.
Authorities have charged a student with arson stemming from a fire in a New Jersey college dormitory.
A University of Vermont student is hospitalized in fair condition after jumping out of a third floor dormitory room.
Charges for VCU student in dormitory fire.
University officials say a New Mexico college graduate , apparently feeling guilty over a student prank years ago, has sent a box of toilet paper to repay the school for loot taken from a dormitory.
Police said officers responded to University Village, an off-campus student dormitory, regarding a disturbance involving Bartholomew Williams, 38.
New energy-efficient dormitories at the University of California, Davis.
1 football team in the country is the lighting of the sign atop of a former student dormitory on the campus.
Sheraz Iqbal, a resident assistant at Ithaca College's Clarke Hall, one of two dormitories on campus given the Energy Star label.