[ dih-poz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
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noun,plural de·pos·i·to·ries.
  1. a place where something is deposited or stored, as for safekeeping: the night depository of a bank.

  2. a depositary; trustee.

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

Origin of depository

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

Other words from depository

  • non·de·pos·i·to·ry, adjective
  • pre·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.

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How to use depository in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for depository


/ (dɪˈpɒzɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. a store, such as a warehouse, for furniture, valuables, etc; repository

  2. a variant spelling of depositary (def. 1)

Origin of 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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