Definition of compact noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmpækt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmpækt//
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  1. 1 (North American English) a small car compare subcompact See related entries: Types of vehicle
  2. 2a small flat box with a mirror, containing powder that women use on their faces
  3. 3(formal) a formal agreement between two or more people or countries The government has signed a compact of free association. The support will continue under a compact which runs until 2010. See related entries: International relations
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 late Middle English: from Latin compact- ‘closely put together, joined’, from the verb compingere, from com- ‘together’ + pangere ‘fasten’. noun sense 3 late 16th cent.: from Latin compactum, past participle of compacisci, from com- ‘with’ + pacisci ‘make a covenant’. Compare with pact.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: compact