department store


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web According to the statement, Kemp tracked his phone to a Toyota 4Runner sport-utility vehicle that was parked near a JCPenney department store. CBS News, 14 Apr. 2023 Carroll has claimed that around 30 years ago in a department store, Trump raped her. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2023 The Italian fashion house just opened a chic new pop-up cafe in Harrods department store. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2023 That four‐lane street leads you north into downtown, where the architecture collapses time: an ornate brick department store, now boarded up; a children’s clothing store, now boarded up; the former headquarters of a major regional bank, its Greco‐Roman façade left to grow tarnished. Alex Mar, Rolling Stone, 25 Mar. 2023 Mabel asked, on our way to work at the department store, bits of snow catching in her hair. Colin Heasley, The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2023 Nordstrom sells almost 4,000 different designs for women and almost 3,000 for men, so you certainly won’t be starved for choice at this department store. Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 23 Feb. 2023 Huge, huge department store. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 7 Feb. 2023 Go car spotting in the Knightsbridge area around the pricey Harrods department store. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 31 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of department store was in 1887

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“Department store.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

department store

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