department

[ dih-pahrt-muhnt ]
/ dɪˈpɑrt mənt /

noun

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Origin of department

1730–35; < French département, equivalent to départ(ir) (see depart) + -ment -ment

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British Dictionary definitions for subdepartment

department
/ (dɪˈpɑːtmənt) /

noun

a specialized division of a large concern, such as a business, store, or universitythe geography department
a major subdivision or branch of the administration of a government
a branch or subdivision of learningphysics is a department of science
a territorial and administrative division in several countries, such as France
informal a specialized sphere of knowledge, skill, or activitywine-making is my wife's department

Derived forms of department

departmental (ˌdiːpɑːtˈmɛntəl), adjectivedepartmentally, adverb

Word Origin for department

C18: from French département, from départir to divide; see depart
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