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1 a specialized division of a large organization; "you'll find it in the hardware department"; "she got a job in the historical section of the Treasury" [syn: section]
2 the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)
3 a specialized sphere of knowledge; "baking is not my department"; "his work established a new department of literature"

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From département.



  1. A part, portion, or subdivision.
  2. A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province.
    • Superior to Pope in Pope's own peculiar department of literature. Macaulay.
  3. Subdivision of business or official duty; especially, one of the principal divisions of executive government; as, the treasury department; the war department; also, in a university, one of the divisions of instructions; as, the medical department; the department of physics.
  4. A territorial division; a district; esp., in France, one of the districts composed of several arrondissements into which the country is divided for governmental purposes; as, the Department of the Loire.
  5. A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac.
  6. Act of departing; departure.
    • Sudden departments from one extreme to another. Wotton.


See also

Extensive Definition

A department is a part of a larger organization with a specific responsibility. For the division of organizations into departments, see departmentalization.
  • A department store is a retail store that includes many specialized departments such as clothing or household items.
  • In the magazine context:
    • Articles, essays and columns that follow a certain consistency under one topic.
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