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"
the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)
a specialized sphere of knowledge
"baking is not my department"; "his work established a new department of literature"
A part, portion, or subdivision.
A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province.
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.
A territorial division; a district; especially, in France, one of the districts composed of several arrondissements into which the country is divided for governmental purposes.
A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac.
Act of departing; departure.
Origin: From département.
act of departing; departure
a part, portion, or subdivision
a distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province
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 instruction; as, the medical department; the department of physics
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
a military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac
Origin: [F. dpartement, fr. dpartir. See Depart, v. i.]
Department is the name given to the administrative and political subdivisions of many countries. As a territorial unit, "department" was first used by the French Revolutionary governments, apparently to emphasize that each territory was simply an administrative sub-division of the united sovereign nation. This attempt to de-emphasize local political identity contrasts strongly with countries which are divided into "states". Today, departments may exist either with or without a representative assembly and executive head depending upon the countries' constitutional and administrative structure. The United States used this designation for the "Department of Alaska" during the early period of US rule in Alaska.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
de-pärt′ment, n. a part: a separate part of business or duty: a section of the administration: a division of a country, esp. of France.—adj. Department′al.—adv. Department′ally.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a territorial division in France instituted in 1790, under which the old division into provinces was broken up; each department, of which there are now 87, is broken up into arrondissements.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A term by which the divisions in the public services are distinguished, as the civil, the commissariat, the military, the naval, the victualling, &c.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'department' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #531
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'department' in Written Corpus Frequency: #875
Rank popularity for the word 'department' in Nouns Frequency: #153
The numerical value of department in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of department in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of department in a Sentence
This is new for our department.
California, the department store state.
I am so worried about the State Department.
The department is withdrawing the legislative proposal.
I don't know whether State Department was crap or what.
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Translations for department
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- قسم, دائرةArabic
- отдел, отделениеBulgarian
- περιοχή, περιφέρεια, κλάδος, τμήμα, υπηρεσία, διεύθυνσηGreek
- departamento, secciónSpanish
- laitos, osasto, ala, departementti, yksikkö, ministeriö, jaostoFinnish
- ministère, départementFrench
- depatmanHaitian Creole
- tanszék, szakosztály, osztály, minisztérium, részlegHungarian
- министерство, отдел, факультет, департамент, отделениеRussian
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