department

department
One of the territorial divisions of a country. The term is chiefly used in this sense in France, where the division of the country into departments is somewhat analogous, both territorially and for governmental purposes, to the division of an American state into counties. One of the major administrative divisions of the executive branch of the government usually headed by an officer of cabinet rank; e.g. Department of State.
Generally, a branch or division of governmental administration. Also, a division of a business, or of something comparable thereto. U. S. v. Elgin, J. & E. Ry. Co., 111., 298 U.S. 492, 56 S.Ct. 841, 80 L.Ed. 1300

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