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



    BrE BrE//kəmˈpɑːtmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpɑːrtmənt//
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  1. 1one of the separate sections which a coach/car on a train is divided into He found an empty first-class compartment. I opened the door of the compartment. See related entries: Trains
  2. 2one of the separate sections that something such as a piece of furniture or equipment has for keeping things in The desk has a secret compartment. There is a handy storage compartment beneath the oven. see also glove compartment
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French compartiment, from Italian compartimento, from compartire, from late Latin compartiri ‘divide’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: compartment

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