Meaning of “department store” in the English Dictionary

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"department store" in British English

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department storenoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈpɑːt.mənt ˌstɔːr/ us /dɪˈpɑːrt.mənt ˌstɔːr/

A2 a large shop divided into several different parts, each of which sells different things

Examples

  • Animal rights extremists have threatened to firebomb any department stores that continue to stock fur coats.
  • He's got a job demonstrating kitchen equipment in a department store.

Examples from literature

  • By the 1920s in Japan robots were starting to appear in department stores. 

(Definition of “department store” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"department store" in American English

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department storenoun [ C ]

us /dɪˈpɑrt·mənt ˌstɔr, ˌstoʊr/

a large store divided into several different areas, each of which sells different types of things

(Definition of “department store” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"department store" in Business English

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department storenoun [ C ]

uk us COMMERCE

a large store that sells many kinds of products in different parts of the building:

She took a job as a sales assistant in the lingerie section of a department store.

(Definition of “department store” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)