- a dormitory, especially in a monastery.
Origin of dorter
1250–1300; Middle English dortour < Old French < Latin dormītōrium dormitory
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Examples from the Web for dorter
At Littlemore in 1445 the nuns did not sleep in the dorter for fear it should fall.
At Gracedieu the cellaress had a boy of seven with her in the dorter.
One day she saw him in the dorter, and since she knew him, she boxed his ears.
Nor, dorter, he too mean ter die, but dats whut he got offn de Crismus tree.Bypaths in Dixie</p>
Sarah Johnson Cocke
She and Joan Tates, a novice, had not slept in the dorter with the other nuns, but in a private chamber.