depository

A depository is a place where things are kept or stored. You might call your city's Natural History Museum a depository of local dinosaur fossils.

A library could also be called a book depository, since books are stored there, and the official name of Fort Knox, which once stored much of the gold in the US, is the United States Bullion Depository. The word depository literally means "place where things are deposited," from the Latin root deponere, "lay aside or deposit," combining de-, "away," and ponere, "to put."

Definitions of depository
  1. noun
    a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping
    synonyms: deposit, depositary, repository
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    examples:
    Hagia Sophia
    a 6th century masterpiece of Byzantine architecture in Istanbul; built as a Christian church, converted to a mosque in 1453, and made into a museum in the middle of the 20th century
    Louvre Museum
    an art museum that is a famous tourist attraction in Paris
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    archive
    a depository containing historical records and documents
    bank, bank building
    a building in which the business of banking transacted
    drop
    a central depository where things can be left or picked up
    depository library, library
    a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
    lost-and-found
    repository in a public building where lost articles can be kept until their owners reclaim them
    museum
    a depository for collecting and displaying objects having scientific or historical or artistic value
    repertory
    a storehouse where a stock of things is kept
    sperm bank
    a depository for storing sperm
    depot, entrepot, storage, store, storehouse
    a depository for goods
    treasury
    a depository (a room or building) where wealth and precious objects can be kept safely
    athenaeum, atheneum
    a place where reading materials are available
    chancery
    an office of archives for public or ecclesiastic records; a court of public records
    dump
    a place where supplies can be stored
    garner, granary
    a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed
    circulating library, lending library
    library that provides books for use outside the building
    magazine, powder magazine, powder store
    a storehouse (as a compartment on a warship) where weapons and ammunition are stored
    maildrop
    a drop where mail can be deposited
    railhead
    a railroad depot in a theater of operations where military supplies are unloaded for distribution
    science museum
    a museum that collects and displays objects having scientific interest
    treasure house
    a storehouse for treasures
    storage warehouse, warehouse
    a storehouse for goods and merchandise
    type of:
    facility, installation
    a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
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