Bureau meaning

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A writing table or desk, with drawers for papers.
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A government department, or a subdivision of a government department.
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Desk, usually with a cover and compartments for storing papers etc. located above the level of the writing surface rather than underneath.
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A chest of drawers, with or without a mirror, as for clothing.
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A chest of drawers, especially a dresser for holding clothes.
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The definition of a bureau is a chest of drawers or a government department or an office or agency with a specific purpose.

An example of bureau is a typical piece of bedroom furniture.

An example of bureau is the FBI.

An example of bureau is a travel agency.

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(chiefly british) A writing desk or writing table with drawers.
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(US) Chest of drawers for clothes.
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A botanical plant name author abbreviation for botanist Louis Édouard Bureau (1830-1918).
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Origin of bureau

  • 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

  • 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