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or dor·tour

  1. a dormitory, especially in a monastery.
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Origin of dorter

1250–1300; Middle English dortour < Old French < Latin dormītōrium dormitory
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Historical Examples

  • At Littlemore in 1445 the nuns did not sleep in the dorter for fear it should fall.

    Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535

    Eileen Edna Power

  • 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

    Sarah Johnson Cocke

  • She and Joan Tates, a novice, had not slept in the dorter with the other nuns, but in a private chamber.