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  • n. A bedroom or dormitory, especially in a monastery.


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From Old French dortour (modern dortoir), from Latin dormitorium ("dormitory").


  • I trust you have all you need here, and lie at least as softly as in the dortoir at home?

    A River So Long

  • Her white foot was on the very step beside his head, and she was stooping to touch him with her white hand, when the little bell in the dortoir rang to rouse the brothers for Prime.

    A River So Long

  • And two have gone out, back to the dortoir, Brother Adam and Brother Everard.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • The dortoir was full though and soon warmed up when everybody went to bed.

    Day 11 Tre-le-Champ to Lac Blanc

  • We were joined by Eileen and Rosie, two spanish chaps and a French guy who had done the tour several times but the dortoir was still almost empty.

    Day 1-Les Houches to Auberge du Truc

  • The refuge started to get really busy so we sat tight in a cosy corner and waited until the crowd had moved on before we checked into the dortoir.

    Day 11 Tre-le-Champ to Lac Blanc

  • They were fabulous company and we had a very good evening with them, eventually heading for the dortoir about 9pm, leaving the guardienne eating fondue with two friends, and demolishing several bottles of wine after which the friends presumably drove back down the hill, dispelling the stereotype that the Swiss are all obsessively law-abiding.

    Day 7 – Bonatti to Gite la Lechere

  • We were the first to book into the dortoir – cold water only and no electricity but a fantastic view to the Domes des Miages when the cloud cleared.

    Day 1-Les Houches to Auberge du Truc

  • We had asked the owner of the Svizzera to book ahead for us, and he had booked a room rather than dortoir places, but we had just replenished our euros, so we went posh for the night.

    Day 9 – Trient via the Fenetre d’Arpette

  • It doesn't take a scarecrow to deter me from un dortoir: * just one innkeeper's floor plan wherein the guest-room in question sleeps 10 and includes a single bathroom (part of which is made private by a thin curtain).

    French Word-A-Day:


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