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admiralty the department or office having jurisdiction over naval affairs. [1/3 definitions]
agency a government department that manages special projects, provides specific services to the goverment, or that administers laws and regulations. [1/4 definitions]
arrondissement in France, the highest administrative unit within a department. [1/2 definitions]
attn. abbreviation of "attention," consideration or notice (usu. used beneath an address on an envelope to refer to a specific individual, department, or the like, to whom the envelope should be delivered upon receipt).
attorney general (cap.) the director of the U.S. Department of Justice and a member of the President's Cabinet. [1/2 definitions]
bargain basement a basement floor in a department store where items are sold at greatly reduced prices.
board of health a department of municipal, county, or state government that supervises public health and sanitation.
bureau a governmental department. [2/3 definitions]
Bureau of Labor Statistics a research agency of the U.S. Department of Labor that collects and compiles statistical information, providing such measures as Consumer Price Index, inflation rate, and unemployment rate.
chancellery the department headed by the chancellor, or the space it occupies. [1/3 definitions]
chancery the department or office headed by a chancellor; chancellery. [1/4 definitions]
chief of staff (usu. cap.) the head staff officer in the U.S. Department of the Army or Air Force, or the head staff officer of any of various major units in the U.S. or other military forces. [1/2 definitions]
commissioner the head of a government department. [1/3 definitions]
curriculum the totality of courses offered at a school or within a department. [1/2 definitions]
custom (pl., but used with a sing. verb) the department of a government that collects customs. [1/8 definitions]
dead-letter office a postal department to which undeliverable or unreturnable letters and parcels are sent to be opened, delivered if an address can be found, or destroyed.
dean a college or university official, responsible for administering a department or office of the institution. [1/4 definitions]
Department of Defense the U.S. federal department of the executive branch of government responsible for national security, military policy, and military forces. The Department of Defense includes the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Department of Homeland Security an executive department of the U.S. federal government whose mission is to protect U.S. citizens and property from terrorist assault.
dept. abbreviation of "department," a subdivision of a larger organization or system, such as a government or business.
desk a specialized department of an organization, esp. of a newspaper office. [1/3 definitions]