- a chest of drawers, often with a mirror at the top.
- a division of a government department or an independent administrative unit.
- an office for collecting or distributing news or information, coordinating work, or performing specified services; agency: a travel bureau; a news bureau.
- Chiefly British. a desk or writing table with drawers for papers.
Origin of bureau
Examples from the Web for bureau
The Bureau keeps publicly condemning Pyongyang for the Sony hack.FBI Won’t Stop Blaming North Korea for Sony Hack -- Despite New Evidence
December 30, 2014
FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said that the bureau fully complies with U.S. policy as it relates to ransom payments.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage
November 17, 2014
They say the Department of Justice, the parent agency of the Bureau of Prisons, has reimbursed Treasury for those costs.
JPMorgan, Treasury and the Bureau of Prisons declined to provide a current fee schedule for the cards.
A copy of AA Today, an Alcoholics Anonymous publication, rested atop the bureau.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
September 6, 2014
I am writing this on the bureau, so that when I lift my eyes I may see It.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
And I know that since the death of Maman Theresa they had hid it in one of the bureau drawers.The Dream
Beaufort rose with a desperate effort; he moved to the bureau.Night and Morning, Complete
They undressed again, and Dan put his gun away in his bureau.The Inn at the Red Oak
Well, they tells me—Lawd knows what they calls it bureau for!Southern Lights and Shadows
- mainly British a writing desk with pigeonholes, drawers, etc, against which the writing surface can be closed when not in use
- US a chest of drawers
- an office or agency, esp one providing services for the public
- a government department
- a branch of a government department
Word Origin and History for bureau
1690s, "desk with drawers, writing desk," from French bureau "office; desk, writing table," originally "cloth covering for a desk," from burel "coarse woolen cloth" (as a cover for writing desks), Old French diminutive of bure "dark brown cloth," which is perhaps either from Latin burrus "red," or from Late Latin burra "wool, shaggy garment." Offices being full of such desks, the meaning expanded 1720 to "division of a government." Meaning "chest of drawers" is from 1770, said to be American English but early in British use.