an act or instance of departing: the time of departure; a hasty departure.
divergence or deviation, as from a standard, rule, etc.: a departure from accepted teaching methods.
  1. the distance due east or west traveled by a vessel or aircraft.
  2. point of departure.
Surveying. the length of the projection, on the east-west reference line, of a survey line.
Archaic. death.

Nearby words

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  2. departmental,
  3. departmental store,
  4. departmentalism,
  5. departmentalize,
  6. depasture,
  7. depauperate,
  8. depeche,
  9. depend,
  10. dependable

Origin of departure

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French departëure; compare Anglo-French departir (noun use of infinitive). See depart, -ure

Related formsnon·de·par·ture, nounpre·de·par·ture, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for departure



the act or an instance of departing
a deviation or variation from previous custom; divergence
a project, course of action, venture, etcselling is a new departure for him
  1. the net distance travelled due east or west by a vessel
  2. Also called: point of departurethe latitude and longitude of the point from which a vessel calculates dead reckoning
a euphemistic word for death
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Word Origin and History for departure



mid-15c., from Old French deporteure "departure," figuratively, "death," from departir (see depart) + -ure (see -ure).

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