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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: compartiment, from Italian, from compartire 'to mark out into parts'

compartment

noun
     
com‧part‧ment [countable]
1TD a smaller enclosed space inside something larger:
The bag is divided into separate compartments.
She kept the money hidden in a secret compartment in her briefcase.
glove compartment
2TT one of the separate areas into which a plane, ship, or train is divided:
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