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From Medieval Latin dēpositōrium, from Latin dēpositum, past participle of dēpōnō.



depository (plural depositories)

  1. A place where something is deposited, as for storage, safekeeping, or preservation; a repository.
    • 1776, United States Declaration of Independence
      He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, [], OCLC 21345056, page 17:
      Henrietta rang for the attendants to draw in the ponderous curtains; and in the meanwhile, curious to behold the stores of the emblazoned depository, lighted the tapers for herself. The case was speedily unclasped, and the countess stood dazzled with the brilliancy of the precious contents.
  2. A trustee; a depositary.
    depository library