subdepartment

noun sub·de·part·ment \ ˌsəb-di-ˈpärt-mənt \
variants: or less commonly sub-department

Definition of subdepartment

plural subdepartments also sub-departments
: a department (as of an organization) that is part of a larger department
  • The Counter Terrorism Bureau [of the New York City Police Department] takes on a more focused role, functioning as the department's think tank on terrorism prevention and overseeing various subdepartments such as the NYPD/FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force.
  • —Brad Reagan

First Known Use of subdepartment

1798

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