department store


Definition of department store

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

Examples of department store in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Holly House will have a rummage sale Feb. 9 to 13, 2022, that is arranged like shopping in a department store. Jennifer Shapiro-sacks,, 12 Nov. 2021 There’s a classic Twilight Zone episode where a shopper becomes locked in a department store after hours and finds all the mannequins come to life. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 30 Oct. 2021 Since then, the airline has sold more than 3,000 capsules, including as many as 150 in a day, and set up a second vending machine in a department store in Tokyo's Shibuya district. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 22 Oct. 2021 Her mother was a homemaker and worked in a department store. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 Rumors have swirled for several months that the department store chain, anchored by its 60,000-square-foot flagship in London, has been put up for auction at a price tag of at least £4b billion (around $5.4 billion). Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2021 Jeune San Juan, a Senior Marketing Manager for Digital and Publicity at a department store chain in the Philippines, told Refinery29 her work’s communication style is stressful. Ludmila Leiva,, 30 Oct. 2021 Luxury department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue is requiring that all employees be vaccinated, The New York Times reported. Jeremy Diamond, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 Activist investor Jana Partners has taken a stake in Macy’s with a plan to convince the storied department store chain to carve out its e-commerce business, according to The Wall Street Journal. Declan Harty, Fortune, 15 Oct. 2021

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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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25 Nov 2021

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“Department store.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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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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