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[dih-poz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dɪˈpɒz ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
noun, plural depositories.
a place where something is deposited or stored, as for safekeeping:
the night depository of a bank.
a depositary; trustee.
of or relating to a depository or depositories:
the depository role of a bank.
Origin of depository
1650-60; (def 1) < Medieval Latin dēpositōrium; (def 2) deposit + -ory1 (noun use of adj. suffix)
Related forms
nondepository, adjective
predepository, noun, plural predepositories.
subdepository, noun, plural subdepositories. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for depository
Contemporary Examples
  • Specifically, the Banking Integrity Act would separate commercial (depository) and investment banking companies.

    Bring Back That Wall! Nomi Prins December 16, 2009
Historical Examples
  • You have Blanktown, then, as the depository of Celia's fortune.

  • So we were, Tony,—so is every man that is the depository of a certain power.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • My groom, however, thought it might be useful as a depository of barley in the stable!

  • She is to be the depository of all his secrets, and the recipient of all his thoughts.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • A depository is a place where things are or may be put away for safe keeping.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • It is not a library in the sole sense of a depository for books.

    The Private Library Arthur L. Humphreys
  • As I was about to follow, the keeper of the depository said to me: "No one is allowed to go in."

  • And a second question arises: Was the central temple the depository of a relic?

    Monumental Java J. F. Scheltema
  • Heretofore it had been used by the Sharks as a depository for their ill-gotten gains.

    The Thorn in the Nest Martha Finley
British Dictionary definitions for depository


/dɪˈpɒzɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
a store, such as a warehouse, for furniture, valuables, etc; repository
a variant spelling of depositary (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense: place of a deposit): from Medieval Latin dēpositōrium; C18 (in the sense: depositary): see deposit, -ory1
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Word Origin and History for depository

"place where things are deposited," 1750, from Medieval Latin depositorium, from deposit-, past participle stem of Latin deponere (see deposit (v.)) + -orium (see -ory).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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