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1. A small roofed structure projecting outward on a larger sloping roof.
2. A window set in such a structure.

[Obsolete French dormeor, sleeping room, from dormir, to sleep; see dormant.]


(Architecture) a construction with a gable roof and a window at its outer end that projects from a sloping roof. Also called: dormer window
[C16: from Old French dormoir, from Latin dormītōrium dormitory]


(ˈdɔr mər)

1. Also called dor′mer win′dow. a vertical window in a projection built out from a sloping roof.
2. the entire projecting structure.
[1585–95; < Middle French dormoir dormitory]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dormer - a gabled extension built out from a sloping roof to accommodate a vertical windowdormer - a gabled extension built out from a sloping roof to accommodate a vertical window
window - a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air


[ˈdɔːməʳ] N (also dormer window) → buhardilla f, lucerna f


[ˈdɔːrr] n (also dormer window) → lucarne f

dormer (window)


[ˈdɔːməʳ] n (also dormer window) → abbaino
References in classic literature ?
Two broad dormer windows looked out toward the Gulf, and as far across it as a man's eye might reach.
Robert went over and seated himself on the broad sill of one of the dormer windows.
There were no drapery curtains at the dormer windows, no pictures on the wall.
Thousands of good, calm, bourgeois faces thronged the windows, the doors, the dormer windows, the roofs, gazing at the palace, gazing at the populace, and asking nothing more; for many Parisians content themselves with the spectacle of the spectators, and a wall behind which something is going on becomes at once, for us, a very curious thing indeed.
The doctor's house, on the side facing the garden, consists of a ground floor and a single story, with a row of five windows in each, dormer windows also project from the tiled mansard-roof.
It begins at the water's edge, with a fringe of hotels, and scrambles up and spreads itself over two or three sharp hills in a crowded, disorderly, but picturesque way, offering to the eye a heaped-up confusion of red roofs, quaint gables, dormer windows, toothpick steeples, with here and there a bit of ancient embattled wall bending itself over the ridges, worm-fashion, and here and there an old square tower of heavy masonry.
No, Bunny, I regret to say I came in through the dormer window.
The committee considered a scheme including dormer windows on the apartment block, but this was rejected.
Ashcroft, 3 Gable Close, Bilton - installation of one front and two rear dormer windows.
Mr and Mrs B Hargreaves, dormer windows and |balcony extension, 31a Edge Road, Thornhill Edge, Dewsbury.
It has two dormer windows and has been dressed as an entertainment suite and study.
Mr P Moor, loft conversion with three rear dormer windows at 61 Three Acres Lane, Shirley'