Bureau Definition

bureaus, bureaux
bureaus, bureaux
A writing table or desk, with drawers for papers.
Webster's New World
A chest of drawers, with or without a mirror, as for clothing.
Webster's New World
An agency for collecting and giving information or performing other services.
A credit bureau, a travel bureau.
Webster's New World
An office, usually of a large organization, that is responsible for a specific duty.
A news bureau.
American Heritage
A government department, or a subdivision of a government department.
Webster's New World

A botanical plant name author abbreviation for botanist Louis Édouard Bureau (1830-1918).


Other Word Forms of Bureau


bureaux, bureaus

Origin of Bureau

  • Borrowing from French bureau, earlier "coarse cloth (as desk cover), baize", from Old French burel (“woolen cloth”), diminutive of *bure (cf. Middle French bure (“coarse woolen cloth”), French bourre (“hair, fluff”)), from Late Latin burra (“wool, fluff, shaggy cloth, coarse fabric”); akin to Ancient Greek βερβέριον (berberion, “shabby garment”). [Greek?]

    From Wiktionary

  • French cloth cover for desks, desk, office from Old French burel woolen cloth probably from Vulgar Latin būra from Late Latin burra shaggy garment

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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