[ kuhm-pahrt-muhnt ]
/ kəmˈpɑrt mənt /


verb (used with object)

to divide into compartments.

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 forms of compartment

compartmental (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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