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[dey-par-tuh-mahn] /deɪ par təˈmɑ̃/
noun, plural départements
[dey-par-tuh-mahn] /deɪ par təˈmɑ̃/ (Show IPA).
department (def 7). Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for departement


/French departəmɑ̃/
(in France) a major subdivision or branch of the administration of the government
Word Origin
C18: from départir to divide; see depart
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largest unit of local government in France and in some former French colonies. The departements were originally created in 1790. Each departement is governed by an elected general council, which holds responsibility for local services, laws, and budget; an officer called a commissioner represents the national government and is the council's executive agent

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