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.

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

Synonyms for departure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of departure

Historical Examples of departure

  • Now this, it seems to me, is my point of departure for the estimate of my possible resources.

  • At my departure their tomb had been hidden in the morning mist.

  • Mrs. Weston sadly missed her young friend after his departure.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • For half an hour I was in momentary expectation of his departure.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • He soon took his departure, a stableboy driving him back to the village.


    W. A. Fraser

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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