[ byoo r-uh-krat ]
/ ˈbyʊər əˌkræt /


an official of a bureaucracy.
an official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgment.

Nearby words

  1. bureau of internal revenue,
  2. bureau of land management,
  3. bureau of mines,
  4. bureau of the census,
  5. bureaucracy,
  6. bureaucratese,
  7. bureaucratic,
  8. bureaucratize,
  9. burelage,
  10. burelé

Origin of bureaucrat

From the French word bureaucrate, dating back to 1835–45. See bureau, -crat

Related formsbu·reau·crat·ism [byoo r-uh-krat-iz-uh m, byoo-rok-ruh-tiz-] /ˈbyʊər ə krætˌɪz əm, byʊˈrɒk rəˌtɪz-/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for bureaucrat


/ (ˈbjʊərəˌkræt) /


an official in a bureaucracy
an official who adheres to bureaucracy, esp rigidly
Derived Formsbureaucratism (bjʊəˈrɒkrəˌtɪzəm), noun

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Word Origin and History for bureaucrat



1839, from French bureaucrate (19c.); see bureaucracy.

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Culture definitions for bureaucrat


[ (byoor-uh-krat) ]

Someone who works in or controls a bureaucracy. The term is often used negatively to describe a petty, narrow-minded person. (See also conformity and organization man (see also organization man).)

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