[ kuhm-pahrt-muhnt ]
/ kəmˈpɑrt mənt /


verb (used with object)

to divide into compartments.

Nearby words

  1. comparison test,
  2. comparison-shop,
  3. comparsa,
  4. compart,
  5. compartimento,
  6. compartmental,
  7. compartmentalization,
  8. compartmentalize,
  9. compartmentation,
  10. compass

Origin of compartment

1555–65; < Middle French compartiment < Italian compartimento. See compart, -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for compartment


/ (kəmˈpɑːtmənt) /


one of the sections into which an area, esp an enclosed space, is divided or partitioned
any separate part or sectiona compartment of the mind
a small storage space; locker
Derived Formscompartmental (ˌkɒmpɑːtˈmɛntəl), adjectivecompartmentally, adverb

Word Origin for compartment

C16: from French compartiment, ultimately from Late Latin compartīrī to share, from Latin com- with + partīrī to apportion, from pars part

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Word Origin and History for compartment



1560s, from Middle French compartiment "part partitioned off" (16c.), through Italian compartimento, from Late Latin compartiri "to divide," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + partis, genitive of pars "part" (see part (n.)).

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