- The definition of a department is a specific division, building, organization or field of knowledge.
An example of a department is a faculty group, building and program dedicated to the subject of English in a college.
- a separate part, division, or branch, as of a government, business, or school: the police department, the accounting department, the history department
- a field of knowledge or activity: rewriting is his department
- ☆ a specialized column or section appearing regularly in a periodical
- an administrative district in France, Greece, or certain Latin American countries
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French departement ; from departir: see depart
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- A distinct, usually specialized division of a large organization, especially:a. A principal administrative division of a government: the department of public works.b. A division of a business specializing in a particular product or service: the personnel department.c. A division of a school or college dealing with a particular field of knowledge: the physics department.
- Department One of the principal executive divisions of the federal government of the United States, headed by a cabinet officer.
- A section of a department store selling a particular line of merchandise: the home furnishings department.
- An administrative district in France.
- A unit of a warship's crew, organized by function, such as gunnery or engineering.
- An area of particular knowledge or responsibility; a specialty: Getting the kids to bed is my department.
Origin: French département, from Old French, separation, from departir, to divide; see depart.
- deˌpart·menˈtal adjective
- deˌpart·menˈtal·ly adverb
department - Business Definition
- A specialized unit of an organization.
- A department store area that focuses on a particular line of products. For example, the electronics department sells televisions, computers, DVD players, and so forth.