noun \ˈdesk\

: a piece of furniture that is like a table and often has drawers

: a place where people can get information or be served at an office, a hotel, etc.

: the part of a company or organization that deals with a particular subject

Full Definition of DESK

a :  a table, frame, or case with a sloping or horizontal surface especially for writing and reading and often with drawers, compartments, and pigeonholes
b :  a reading table or lectern from which a liturgical service is read
c :  a table, counter, stand, or booth at which a person works
a :  a division of an organization specializing in a particular phase of activity <the Russian desk in the Department of State>
b :  a seating position according to rank in an orchestra <a first-desk violinist>

Examples of DESK

  1. an information desk at an airport
  2. We will ask for directions to the restaurant at the front desk.
  3. We went to the reception desk to check into our room.

Origin of DESK

Middle English deske, from Medieval Latin desca, modification of Old Italian desco table, from Latin discus dish, disc — more at dish
First Known Use: 14th century


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