Definition of department
1a : 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 asa : a major administrative division of a governmentb : a major territorial administrative subdivisionc : a division of a college or school giving instruction in a particular subjectd : a major division of a businesse : a section of a department store handling a particular kind of merchandisef : a territorial subdivision made for the administration and training of military units
departmentalplay \di-ˌpärt-ˈmen-təl, ˌdē-\ adjective
departmentallyplay \-tə-lē\ adverb
Examples of department in a sentence
Your letter has been forwarded to our sales department.
When you get to the hospital, go directly to the X-ray department.
the university's math and science departments
the department of modern languages
She joined the town's police department.
Origin and Etymology of department
French département, from Old French, act of dividing, from departir
First Known Use: 1735
DEPARTMENT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of department for Students
: a special part or division of an organization (as a government or college)
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