bureau

[ byoo r-oh ]
/ ˈbyʊər oʊ /

noun, plural bu·reaus, bu·reaux [byoo r-ohz] /ˈbyʊər oʊz/.

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

1710–20; < French: desk, office, originally a kind of cloth (used to cover desks, etc.), Anglo-French, Old French burel, equivalent to bur- (probably < *būra, variant of Late Latin burra wool, fluff; cf. bourrée) + -el noun suffix

Related forms

sub·bu·reau, noun, plural sub·bu·reaus, sub·bu·reaux.
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British Dictionary definitions for bureau

bureau

/ (ˈbjʊərəʊ) /

noun plural -reaus or -reaux (-rəʊz)

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
  1. a government department
  2. a branch of a government department

Word Origin for bureau

C17: from French: desk, office, originally: type of cloth used for covering desks and tables, from Old French burel, from Late Latin burra shaggy cloth
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