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[dee-poh; Military or British dep-oh] /ˈdi poʊ; Military or British ˈdɛp oʊ/
a railroad station.
a bus station.
  1. a place in which supplies and materials are stored for distribution.
  2. (formerly) a place where recruits are assembled for classification, initial training, and assignment to active units.
a storehouse or warehouse, as a building where freight is deposited.
Physiology. a place where body products not actively involved in metabolic processes are accumulated, deposited, or stored.
Origin of depot
1785-95; < French dépot < Latin dēpositum, noun use of neuter of dēpositus; see deposit
Related forms
subdepot, noun
1, 2. terminal. Unabridged
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  • He is to be taken to the depot, to go to Virginia in the first train.

  • And if—if anybody asks for me, I'll most likely be down to the depot, with Mr. Duncan.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • This time Hathelin had not the honour of the Bastille; he was sent to some depot.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • The depot master, who was on hand to help with the trunk, grinned broadly.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The "depot hill" is not as high as Whittaker's Hill, but the view is almost as extensive.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Especially if all the telegraph operators was like the one up at the depot.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But you ought to get warm and dry right off, I s'pose, and your duds are all up to the depot.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Um," grunted the depot master, knocking the ashes from his cigar.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for depot


/ˈdɛpəʊ; US, Canadian ˈdiːpəʊ/
a storehouse or warehouse
  1. a store for supplies
  2. a training and holding centre for recruits and replacements
(mainly Brit) a building used for the storage and servicing of buses or railway engines
(US & Canadian)
  1. a bus or railway station
  2. (as modifier): a depot manager
(of a drug or drug dose) designed for gradual release from the site of an injection so as to act over a long period
Word Origin
C18: from French dépôt, from Latin dēpositum a deposit, trust
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Word Origin and History for depot

1795, "warehouse," from French dépôt "a deposit, place of deposit," from Old French depost "a deposit or pledge," from Latin depositum "a deposit," noun use of neuter past participle of deponere "lay aside" (see deposit (v.)). Military sense is from 1798; meaning "railway station" is first recorded 1842, American English.

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