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department store

a large retail store carrying a wide variety of merchandise and organized into various departments for sales and administrative purposes.
1885-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for department store
  • After four decades of decline, the department store has again become a destination for shoppers.
  • department store managers direct and coordinate the activities in these stores.
  • He worked as a department store clerk, and started his own small business manufacturing jewelry cases.
  • Cosmetic companies provide prizes which are given at random to department store employees.
  • The department store handles stocking of shelves and all aspects of the sale.
  • The department store makes a charge to the paint supplier based on the space required to maintain the inventory.
British Dictionary definitions for department store

department store

a large shop divided into departments selling a great many kinds of goods
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for department store
department store
1847, from department. A store that sells a variety of items, organized by department.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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