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Topic: SCHOOL

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: dormitorium, from dormire 'to sleep'

dormitory

noun
     
dor‧mi‧to‧ry plural dormitories [countable]
1SES especially British English a large room for several people to sleep in, for example in a boarding school or hostel
2 American EnglishSEC a large building at a college or university where students live [= hall of residence British English]
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