desk

[desk]

noun

adjective


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
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Related Words for desk

counter, davenport, escritoire, secretary, workspace

Examples from the Web for desk

Contemporary Examples of desk

Historical Examples of desk

  • He went over to the desk and began to scribble a name on the pad of paper.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "I knew he'd plunge," he said, taking the chair proffered him, near Shepler's desk.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Then he walked carelessly across to the desk and asked for his bill.

  • He found Austin sitting on the chair by his desk, resting his chin on his elbow.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • For a time Grace sat at her desk with the letter in her hand.


British Dictionary definitions for desk

desk

noun

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
(modifier)
  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
n.

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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