What does dormitory mean?

Definitions for dormitory
ˈdɔr mɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr idor·mi·to·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word dormitory.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dormitory, dorm, residence hall, hall, student residencenoun

    a college or university building containing living quarters for students

  2. dormitory, dormitory room, dorm roomnoun

    a large sleeping room containing several beds


  1. dormitorynoun

    A room containing a number of beds (and often some other furniture and/or utilities) for sleeping, often applied to student and backpacker accommodation of this kind. Common abbreviation: dorm

  2. dormitorynoun

    A building or part of a building which houses students, soldiers, monks etc. who sleep there and use communal further facilities.

  3. dormitorynoun

    Short for dormitory town, a suburban or rural settlement housing city workers

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dormitorynoun

    Etymology: dormitorium, Latin.

    Rooms that have thorough lights are left for entertainment, and those that have windows on one side for dormitories. John Mortimer.

    Naked mourns the dormitory wall,
    And Jones and Boyle’s united labours fall. Alexander Pope, Dunciad.

    The places where dead bodies are buried, are in Latin called cœmiteria, and in English dormitories. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. dormitory

    A dormitory is a large building or part of a building where students or other individuals live, typically in single rooms or shared spaces with common facilities such as bathrooms and kitchens. They are most commonly found at universities, colleges, boarding schools, and similar institutions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dormitorynoun

    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

  2. Dormitorynoun

    a burial place

  3. Etymology: [L. dormitorium, fr. dormitorius of or for sleeping, fr. dormire to sleep. See Dormant.]


  1. Dormitory

    A dormitory in the United States is a residence hall consisting of sleeping quarters or entire buildings primarily providing sleeping and residential quarters for large numbers of people, often boarding school, college or university students. In the UK, the word has an earlier, different but related meaning: it refers specifically to an individual room in which many people sleep, typically at a boarding school. The UK equivalent of the American word as applied to university buildings is hall of residence, often shortened to halls. At some institutes, each residence hall has its own hall council. Where they exist, such individual councils are usually part of a larger organization called, variously, Residence Hall Association, Resident Students Association, or Junior Common Room Committee which typically provides funds and oversees the individual building council. These student led organizations are often connected at a national level by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. Collectively, these hall councils plan social and educational events, and voice student needs to their respective administration.

How to pronounce dormitory?

How to say dormitory in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dormitory in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dormitory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dormitory in a Sentence

  1. Larkin Stallings:

    I kept telling them it was like a dormitory. I didn't want to say you're going to a military base, we want to go make sure they're OK.

  2. Milorad Dodik:

    We dedicated this dormitory to a man who is without doubt one of the founders of the Republika Srpska, to Mr Radovan Karadzic.

  3. Spiro Agnew:

    This is the criminal left that belongs not in a dormitory, but in a penitentiary. The criminal left is not a problem to be solved by the Department of Philosophy or the Department of Englishit is a problem for the Department of Justice. Black or white, the criminal left is interested in power. It is not interested in promoting the renewal and reforms that make democracy work; it is interested in promoting those collisions and conflict that tear democracy apart.

  4. Singapores Ministry of Health:

    Dormitory operators and workers living in dormitories are reminded of the importance of maintaining high standards of hygiene and cleanliness to safeguard their own health and those of others who are living in the same space, safe distancing measures must be strictly adhered to.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for dormitory

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for dormitory »


Find a translation for the dormitory definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"dormitory." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 3 Oct. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/dormitory>.

Discuss these dormitory definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for dormitory? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs
    • A. soft-witted
    • B. ectomorphic
    • C. incumbent
    • D. contiguous

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for dormitory: