dormitory meaning, dormitory definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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dormitory  

  ( dormitories    plural  )
1       n-count   A dormitory is a large bedroom where several people sleep, for example in a boarding school.  
...the boys' dormitory...     
2       n-count   A dormitory is a building in a college or university where students live.  
  (AM)  
She lived in a college dormitory.     
in BRIT, use hall of residence     
3       adj   If you refer to a place as a dormitory suburb or town, you mean that most of the people who live there travel to work in another, larger town a short distance away.  
  (BRIT)   ADJ n  
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dorm, dormer, deformity, dormant

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