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dorm

A dorm — short for dormitory — is a place where college or university students live. You'll find a lot of bunk beds in most dorms.

If you go away to college, you’ll probably live in a dormitory — or dorm. It's much more common for students to say dorm because it's shorter and slangier. A dorm is where students live, often with roommates. Dorms have laundry rooms and rec rooms, and it's a place where many friendships are made. Students often study or try to avoid studying in the dorm. It's their home away from home. Dorms are also called residence halls and student residences.

Definitions of dorm
  1. noun
    a college or university building containing living quarters for students
    synonyms: dormitory, hall, residence hall, student residence
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    types:
    hall of residence
    a university dormitory
    type of:
    building, edifice
    a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
    living quarters, quarters
    housing available for people to live in
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