[ dee-poh; Military or British dep-oh ]
/ ˈdi poʊ; Military or British ˈdɛp oʊ /


a railroad station.
a bus station.
  1. a place in which supplies and materials are stored for distribution.
  2. (formerly) a place where recruits are assembled for classification, initial training, and assignment to active units.
a storehouse or warehouse, as a building where freight is deposited.
Physiology. a place where body products not actively involved in metabolic processes are accumulated, deposited, or stored.

Origin of depot

1785–95; < French dépot < Latin dēpositum, noun use of neuter of dēpositus; see deposit


sub·de·pot, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for depot

/ (ˈdɛpəʊ, US Canadian ˈdiːpəʊ) /


a storehouse or warehouse
  1. a store for supplies
  2. a training and holding centre for recruits and replacements
mainly British a building used for the storage and servicing of buses or railway engines
US and Canadian
  1. a bus or railway station
  2. (as modifier)a depot manager


(of a drug or drug dose) designed for gradual release from the site of an injection so as to act over a long period

Word Origin for depot

C18: from French dépôt, from Latin dēpositum a deposit, trust
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