[ dih-poz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ dɪˈpɒz ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

noun, plural de·pos·i·to·ries.

a place where something is deposited or stored, as for safekeeping: the night depository of a bank.
a depositary; trustee.


of or relating to a depository or depositories: the depository role of a bank.

Nearby words

  1. deposit money,
  2. deposit slip,
  3. depositary,
  4. deposition,
  5. depositor,
  6. depository library,
  7. depot,
  8. depot injection,
  9. depp,
  10. depr.

Origin of depository

1650–60; (def 1) < Medieval Latin dēpositōrium; (def 2) deposit + -ory1 (noun use of adj. suffix)

Related formsnon·de·pos·i·to·ry, adjectivepre·de·pos·i·to·ry, noun, plural pre·de·pos·i·to·ries.sub·de·pos·i·to·ry, noun, plural sub·de·pos·i·to·ries. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for depository


/ (dɪˈpɒzɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a store, such as a warehouse, for furniture, valuables, etc; repository
a variant spelling of depositary (def. 1)

Word Origin for depository

C17 (in the sense: place of a deposit): from Medieval Latin dēpositōrium; C18 (in the sense: depositary): see deposit, -ory 1

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Word Origin and History for depository



"place where things are deposited," 1750, from Medieval Latin depositorium, from deposit-, past participle stem of Latin deponere (see deposit (v.)) + -orium (see -ory).

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