American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large retail store offering a variety of merchandise and services and organized in separate departments.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large store or shop in which many different lines of retail business are carried on under one general management, such as the sale of fabrics, clothing, shoes, hats, jewelry, toys, household utensils, groceries, books, etc.
- n. A large shop containing many different departments each of which deals in different goods or services.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A store keeping a great variety of goods which are arranged in several departments.
- n. a large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandise; commonly part of a retail chain
“My mother sold Coty cosmetics at Maison Blanche department store in New Orleans.”
“These scavenger nerds and nebbishes had to learn new skills as the grocery warehouses and department store stockrooms tapped out and we were forced to live off the largesse of the land.”
“Top-quality designs can be found today in almost any department store nationwide, but are they stylish in terms of being a nonconformist accent, like a unique brooch or cocktail ring, occasional evening glove, or other infrequent bit of haberdashery?”
“For example, at Starbucks Corp., the specialty coffee retailer, sales rose by $1.7 billion over the six years of my research, while at the giant department store Nordstrom, Inc., they rose by almost the same amount.”
“Only ten years after the first department store opened in Paris in 1838, the New York City merchant Alexander Turney Stewart built the Marble Palace, a grand multistory building that resembled a Renaissance palazzo, across the street from City Hall, and twenty-four years later expanded into an eight-story building featuring an open central space covered by a ninety-foot-tall glass dome.”
“The best way to nail your perfect look is to go to any department store cosmetician and describe what youre looking for and enlist her help.”
“Named Suburban Square, the cluster of Art Deco buildings comprised a multifloor department store surrounded by smaller shops around an outdoor concourse—an early shopping center.”
“The storefront at the Corte Inglés department store had a fabulous Christmas village full of enchanting chalets, snow-covered peaks and a shiny red train that circled the town, hooting its horn at every turn.”
“Dodger had arranged for three rooms in a small, out-of-the-way hotel on Brompton Place, near the large department store known as Harrods.”
“After school Ma took me to Elder Beerman a local department store and bought me clothes to wear later tonight.”
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