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bureau

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noun bu·reau \ˈbyu̇r-(ˌ)ō, ˈbyər-\

Simple Definition of bureau

  • : a government department or part of a government department in the U.S.

  • : an office of a newspaper, magazine, etc., that is not the main office but is in an important city

  • : an office or organization that provides services or information to the public

Full Definition of bureau

plural bureaus also bu·reaux play \-(ˌ)ōz\

  1. 1 a British :  writing desk; especially :  one having drawers and a slant top b :  a low chest of drawers for use in a bedroom

  2. 2 a :  a specialized administrative unit; especially :  a subdivision of an executive department of a government b :  a branch of a newspaper, newsmagazine, or wire service in an important news center c :  a usually commercial agency that serves as an intermediary especially for exchanging information or coordinating activities <credit bureau>

Examples of bureau

  1. the Federal Bureau of Investigation

  2. The book is on top of my bureau.



Origin of bureau

French, desk, cloth covering for desks, from Old French burel woolen cloth, from Old French *bure, from Late Latin burra shaggy cloth


First Known Use: 1699

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