A desk in a modern office.
desk definition by Webster's New World
- a piece of furniture equipped with drawers, compartments, etc., and a flat or sloping top for writing, drawing, or reading
- a lectern
- the post of a clerk, official, etc. in a department or office
- the place in a hotel where guests are registered, mail is picked up, etc.
- a division of a newspaper or other office, carrying out some specialized function: the city desk; the trading desk
- a musician's stand in an orchestra
Origin: Middle English deske ; from Midieval Latin desca, a table, ultimately ; from Classical Latin discus: see discus
- of, for, or on a desk
- done at a desk: a desk job
desk definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A piece of furniture typically having a flat or sloping top for writing and often drawers or compartments.
- A table, counter, or booth at which specified services or functions are performed: an information desk; a reception desk.
- A department of a large organization in charge of a specified operation: a newspaper's city desk.
- A lectern.
- A music stand in an orchestra.
Origin: Middle English deske, from Medieval Latin desca, table, from Old Italian desco, from Latin discus, quoit; see disk.
desk - Business Definition
desk - Investment & Finance Definition
A short way of saying trading desk. The term is used across all financial and commodities markets. A trading desk is the department that is responsible for executing securities transactions.