Nearby words

  1. desire,
  2. desire under the elms,
  3. desired,
  4. desirous,
  5. desist,
  6. desk calendar,
  7. desk clerk,
  8. desk copier,
  9. desk jobber,
  10. desk jockey

Origin of desk

1350–1400; Middle English deske < Medieval Latin desca, descus desk, lectern, probably < a Romance-influenced form of Latin discus discus; cf. dais, dish, Medieval Latin discus refectory table Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for desk

British Dictionary definitions for desk



a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
a service counter or table in a public building, such as a hotelinformation desk
a support, lectern, or book rest for the book from which services are read in a church
the editorial section of a newspaper, etc, responsible for a particular subjectthe news desk
  1. a music stand shared by two orchestral players
  2. these two players
  1. made for use at a deska desk calendar
  2. done at a deska desk job

Word Origin for desk

C14: from Medieval Latin desca table, from Latin discus disc, dish

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Word Origin and History for desk



mid-14c., from Medieval Latin desca "table to write on" (mid-13c.), from Latin discus "quoit, platter, dish," from Greek diskos. The Medieval Latin is perhaps via Italian desco. Used figuratively of office or clerical work since 1797; desk job is first attested 1965.

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