department

noun de·part·ment \ di-ˈpärt-mənt \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of department

1 a :a distinct sphere :province
  • that's not my department
b :a category consisting especially of a measurable activity or attribute
  • lacking in the trustworthiness department
  • —Garrison Keillor
2 :a functional or territorial division: such as
a :a major administrative division of a government
b :a major territorial administrative subdivision
c :a division of a college or school giving instruction in a particular subject
d :a major division of a business
e :a section of a department store handling a particular kind of merchandise
f :a territorial subdivision made for the administration and training of military units

departmental

play \di-ˌpärt-ˈmen-tᵊl, ˌdē-\ adjective

departmentally

play \-tə-lē\ adverb

Examples of department in a Sentence

  1. Your letter has been forwarded to our sales department.

  2. When you get to the hospital, go directly to the X-ray department.

  3. the university's math and science departments

  4. the department of modern languages

  5. She joined the town's police department.

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Origin and Etymology of department

French département, from Old French, act of dividing, from departir

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DEPARTMENT Defined for English Language Learners

department

noun

Definition of department for English Language Learners

  • : one of the major parts of a company, organization, government, or school

  • : an area in a store where a particular kind of product is sold

  • : a subject or activity that a person is interested in or responsible for


DEPARTMENT Defined for Kids

department

noun de·part·ment \ di-ˈpärt-mənt \

Definition of department for Students

:a special part or division of an organization (as a government or college)


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