department store


Definition of department store

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

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Every New Yorker has that special splurge piece in their closet, the one that makes little practical sense but seduces its purchaser like a department store siren. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Fine Print: Polkadots, Stripes, and More at the Art Production Fund’s Gala," 13 Mar. 2019 Bonnie Brooks, then head of famed department store Hudson’s Bay. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jessica Mulroney Is the Real Fashion Royalty," 7 Mar. 2019 Target had reported strong holiday sales in January while several other department stores including Macy’s offered disappointing results. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Walmart flexes in the fourth quarter, beats all expectations," 20 Feb. 2019 One mom, who uses the name Assignment: Mom, shared a post of her frustrations with the Target department store chain, Target on Facebook. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Moms slam Target, Walmart for ‘hooker style’ shorts for tweens," 19 July 2018 Investors appear optimistic the department store chain can maintain its momentum despite the broader adversity faced by the industry as companies move to close stores and slash costs. Hema Parmar And Kim Bhasin,, "Macy's plans 60 new Bluemercury stores," 3 July 2018 The Sears department store chain, which has been shrinking, is experimenting with doubling up with its corporate sibling, sister chain Kmart. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Can't choose between Sears and Kmart? Now can get two-in-one," 19 June 2018 Another Japanese department store chain, Mitsukoshi, took a similar step at a Tokyo event last year. Washington Post, "Japan store bars wine from Golan Heights after protests," 2 June 2018 Shelley won the race and appointed the charismatic Cyril Magnin (president of the Joseph Magnin department store chain) to head up protocol duties for the city. Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle, "After 51 years serving SF, protocol queen Charlotte Shultz undaunted by elections, cancer," 29 May 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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