department store


Definition of department store

: a store having separate sections for a wide variety of goods

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The Olmsted Falls High grad brought a summer filled 12-by-25 foot indoor display just outside Macy’s department store that piques interest, no matter what your age., "Summer comes alive through cardboard and paper: Olmsted Dates and Data," 23 Aug. 2019 And Selfridges, London’s century-old department store, has vanquished plastic beverage bottles from its food court in favor of glass bottles, aluminum cans, and refilling stations. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage," 23 Aug. 2019 Today, internationally many traditional modern retail as well as department store chains have closed due to customers moving towards online stores. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Amazon has signed a deal that could give it a huge edge over Walmart in India," 23 Aug. 2019 Same-store sales at other department store chains in the second quarter so far have been mediocre at best. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kohl's revenue and same-store sales drop in second quarter, but CEO Michelle Gass upbeat," 20 Aug. 2019 The discount store-within-a-store concept occupies thousands of feet of retail space inside more than 200 department stores. Doreen Christensen,, "Thrifting at JCP and Macy’s: ThreadUp now in South Florida stores | Doreen’s Deals," 16 Aug. 2019 The department said that Lauren was carrying some of her belongings in a large department store bag. Casey Chaffin | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Vancouver Police Department says runaway teen accounted for," 11 Aug. 2019 To bring her vision to life, the Duchess is partnering with her fashion designer friend, Misha Nonoo, department stores Marks & Spencer and John Lewis, and the clothing brand Jigsaw. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Teases Her Capsule Collection on Instagram with Never-Before-Seen Photos," 31 July 2019 Frederick & Nelson was the big downtown department store; a few blocks west was the large Bon Marchè, now Macy’s. Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times, "In 52 years at The Seattle Times, photographer Greg Gilbert has seen it all. But he wants to see more.," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of department store

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of department store was in 1887

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English Language Learners Definition of department store

: a large store that has separate areas in which different kinds of products are sold

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Kids Definition of department store

: a store having individual departments for different kinds of goods

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