Meaning of COMPARTMENT in English

COMPARTMENT

/ kəmˈpɑːtmənt; NAmE -ˈpɑːrt-/ noun

1.

one of the separate sections which a coach / car on a train is divided into

2.

one of the separate sections that sth such as a piece of furniture or equipment has for keeping things in :

The desk has a secret compartment.

There is a handy storage compartment beneath the oven.

—see also glove compartment

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 16th cent.: from French compartiment , from Italian compartimento , from compartire , from late Latin compartiri divide.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.