- 1A division of a large organization such as a government, university, or business, dealing with a specific area of activity: the council’s finance departmentMore example sentences
- He left to join the finance department of Monklands Council, and found himself drawn into trade union work.
- They came from five departments of the University of Vienna and one department of the University of Salzburg.
- This door in the terraced row led to the history department of the university, or at least the offices for the staff.
- 1.1An administrative district in France and other countries: the turnout was particularly low in rural departmentsMore example sentences
- The occupation of the north-eastern departments of France throughout the war also helped to prolong this consensus.
- Federal departments in France, Germany, China, and even the US have adopted Linux servers.
- The country is divided into six departments containing eighty-four districts.
- 1.2 (one's department) • informal An area of special expertise or responsibility: that’s not my departmentMore example sentences
domain, territory, realm, province, preserve, jurisdiction, sphere, sphere of activity, area, area of interest, field, line, speciality, specialism; area of responsibility, responsibility, duty, function, business, affair, charge, task, occupation, job, concern
- I think Lyn needs to take a long look in the mirror before proclaiming herself an expert in this department.
- Ponting himself is relishing the responsibility because he has had a chequered past in that department.
- And the Aussies, the world's sledging experts, reckon he is a soft touch in that department.
- 1.3 [with modifier] • informal A specified aspect or quality: he was a bit lacking in the height departmentMore example sentences
- In the rhythm department bassist Jeff Halsey was unflappable and clearly has much to offer.
- Political power and share in authority does affect every department and aspect of life.
- And if you think that a car with no metal chassis has to be suspect in the strength department think again.
late Middle English: from Old French departement, from departir (see depart). The original sense was 'division or distribution', later 'separation', hence 'a separate part' (core sense, mid 18th century).