A dormitory is a building at a boarding school, college, or university where students live. Many students have roommates in a dormitory, and sometimes those roommates put up really cheesy posters of shirtless guys leaning on cars.

The word dormitory is from the Latin dormitorium for "sleeping place," and if you keep going back you get to dormire for "to sleep." A dormitory is where students who live at school sleep — well, it’s where their beds are anyway. Often the first time kids sleep away at school is when they go to college. There are often different dorms for freshman and older students. Dormitories are also called dorms, residence halls, and student residences.

Definitions of dormitory
  1. noun
    a large sleeping room containing several beds
    synonyms: dorm room, dormitory room
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    type of:
    bedchamber, bedroom, chamber, sleeping accommodation, sleeping room
    a room used primarily for sleeping
  2. noun
    a college or university building containing living quarters for students
    synonyms: dorm, hall, residence hall, student residence
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    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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