- any of the divisions into which a space is partitioned off
- a separate section, part, division, or category
Origin of compartmentFrench compartiment from Italian compartimento from compartire, compart
- One of the parts or spaces into which an area is subdivided.
- A separate room, section, or chamber: a storage compartment.
transitive verbcom·part·ment·ed, com·part·ment·ing, com·part·ments
First attested 1564, from Middle French compartiment, from Italian compartimento, from Late Latin compartiri (“to divide with, to share with”), from com- + partiri (“to apportion, to divide, to share”)