Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
departmentnoun agency, area, assignment, branch, bureau, categorization, category, chapter, class, designation, district, division, domain, field, field of activity, jurisdiction, ministry, munus, pars, part, precinct, province, provincia, realm, section, sector, specialty, sphere, station, subdivision, subsection, zone
Associated concepts: department of government, departtent of state, department rules and regulations, executive department, judicial department, legislative department, municipal department
See also: agency, bailiwick, board, bureau, chapter, commission, district, division, domain, member, occupation, organ, post, province, pursuit, purview, realm, role, section, sphere
DEPARTMENT. A portion of a country. In France, the country is divided into
departments, which are somewhat similar to the counties in this country. The
United States have been divided into military departments, including certain
portions of the country. 1 Pet. 293.
2. By department is also meant the division of authority, as, the department of state, of the navy, &c.