Etymology
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compartment (n.)

a part separated from adjoining parts by a partition," "1560s, from French compartiment "part partitioned off" (16c.), through Italian compartimento, from Late Latin compartiri "to divide," from com-, here probably as an intensive prefix (see com-), + partis, genitive of pars "a part, piece, a share, a division" (from PIE root *pere- (2) "to grant, allot").

updated on December 07, 2020

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Definitions of compartment from WordNet

compartment (n.)
a space into which an area is subdivided;
compartment (n.)
a partitioned section, chamber, or separate room within a larger enclosed area;
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