department store


Definition of department store 

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

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Three years later, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, started a campaign (financed by a department store mogul) for a special day to honor her mother — and all moms. John D'anna, azcentral, "On Father's Day, dads don't need (or want) you to go through the motions," 15 June 2018 The best way to start is to ask a department store fragrance clerk, or a boutique perfumery like. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The GQ Grooming Guide for College Graduates," 17 May 2018 Starting July 12 and running until August 5, the department store's biggest sale of the year drops some epic deals. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "Nordstrom’s Epic Anniversary Sale Started Today — Here’s What to Shop," 12 July 2018 Sarah worked as a manager at the Herberger’s department store. Washington Post, "Abuse, neglect and a system that failed: The tragic lives of the Hart children," 12 July 2018 Officers have set a relocation point inside the Lord and Taylor department store in the nearby mall. Gina Martinez, Time, "5 Dead, Several Injured in Shooting at Maryland Newspaper," 28 June 2018 The event was held on a Thursday night to take advantage of J.C. Penney department store hours. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here's the date for the Indy Strawberry Festival," 8 June 2018 Nearly 35 years since the old department store closed in 1983 until Gilbert broke ground last December. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's why Detroit development takes so long," 11 July 2018 Nordstrom: This department store is famous for its customer service. Doreen Christensen,, "Forget Prime Day. These 10 stores will price-match Amazon every day of the week," 9 July 2018

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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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