Meaning of DEPARTMENT in English

/ dɪˈpɑːtmənt; NAmE -ˈpɑːrt-/ noun

( abbr. Dept ) a section of a large organization such as a government, business, university, etc. :

the Department of Trade and Industry

the Treasury Department

a government / university, etc. department

the marketing / sales, etc. department

the children's department (= in a large store)

the English department

—see also police department , the State Department


- be sb's department



late Middle English : from Old French departement , from departir , based on Latin dispertire to divide. The original sense was division or distribution , later separation , hence a separate part (core sense, mid 18th cent.).

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