noun, plural bu·reaus, bu·reaux [byoo r-ohz] /ˈbyʊər oʊz/.
Origin of bureau
Examples from the Web for bureaux
Historical Examples of 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.
Duport proposed that the motion be sent back to the Bureaux.
The Bureaux did not last, and their disappearance was a disaster.
The Chambers are merely its bureaux denregistrement, and not even that.The Religious Persecution in France 1900-1906
Jane Milliken Napier Brodhead
noun plural -reaus or -reaux (-rəʊz)
- a government department
- a branch of a government department
Word Origin 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.