compactum, from compacisci 'to make an agreement', from com- ( COM-) + pacisci 'to contract'
1DCBa small flat container with a mirror, containing powder for a woman's face
3American EnglishTTCa small car
4formalan agreement between countries or people:
A compact was negotiated between the company and the union.
WORD FOCUS: car WORD FOCUS: car big cars:limousine, people carrierBritish English, gas-guzzlerAmE informal, estate carBritish English small cars:compactAmerican English, hatchbackBritish English other types of car:pickup, van, saloonBritish English/sedanAmerican English, sports car, convertible, SUVAmerican English, off-roader, four-wheel drive/4x4 where you park your car:garage, car parkBritish English/parking lotAmerican English, multi-storey car parkBritish English, parking space, carport someone who drives a car:driver, motorist, learner driver someone who drives a rich or important person's car for them:chauffeur, driver ➔ See alsocar
Definition of compact from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within the topic MOTOR VEHICLES