- 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
Related Wordsdivision, office, agency, authority, commission, board, committee, department, shop, setup, store, service, sideboard, chiffonier, desk, commode, dresser, highboy
Examples from the Web for bureaux
They went from room to room, searching the bureaux and cupboards.The Daffodil Mystery
The Bureaux were disliked and suspected by the excluded public.
The Bureaux did not last, and their disappearance was a disaster.
Duport proposed that the motion be sent back to the Bureaux.
The Chambers are merely its bureaux denregistrement, and not even that.The Religious Persecution in France 1900-1906
Jane Milliken Napier Brodhead
- 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 bureaux
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.