bureau

noun
bu·​reau | \ ˈbyu̇r-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce bureau (audio) , ˈbyər-\
plural bureaus also bureaux\ ˈbyu̇r-​(ˌ)ōz How to pronounce bureaux (audio) , ˈbyər-​ \

Definition of bureau

1a British : writing desk especially : one having drawers and a slant top
b : a low chest of drawers for use in a bedroom
2a : a specialized administrative unit especially : a subdivision of an executive department of a government the Federal Bureau of Investigation
b : a branch of a newspaper, newsmagazine, or wire service in an important news center the newspaper's Washington bureau
c : a usually commercial agency that serves as an intermediary especially for exchanging information or coordinating activities credit bureau the local visitor's bureau

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Examples of bureau in a Sentence

the Federal Bureau of Investigation The book is on top of my bureau.

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And by the standards of the bureau, he was paid well for his work. Clifford Thompson, WSJ, "‘A Spy in Canaan’ and ‘Bluff City’ Review: Reporter and Informer," 22 Feb. 2019 The only person who apparently lost their job in the reorganization: Enge, who became director of the obscure bureau in 2012. OregonLive.com, "Portland paid $165K severance to bureaucrat fired for budget reasons," 2 May 2018 Ressa, 55, is a Filipina journalist and former CNN bureau chief who in 2012 started online news site Rappler. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Time’s 2018 Person of the Year is Jamal Khashoggi and other “Guardians” of the truth," 11 Dec. 2018 Anyone with information about Joshua Sullivan or potential victims is asked to call the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office investigations bureau at 504.364.5300. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Arrested Terrytown man took lewd photos of young girls: JPSO," 4 June 2018 The bureau was created as part of the Dodd-Frank law enacted in response to the global financial crisis. Author: Emily Flitter, Glenn Thrush, Anchorage Daily News, "Wells Fargo said to be the target of a $1 billion U.S. fine," 19 Apr. 2018 The services and specialties at Kalispell Regional Medical Center are growing and people are coming from farther away to get medical care, according to a recent report by the University of Montana bureau. Jen Fifield, The Christian Science Monitor, "Promise of outdoor activities pulls new residents to rural areas," 19 Apr. 2018 As well as the sweet tribute to her husband, Queen Elizabeth has also chosen to feature a rare family photograph on her bureau. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Queen Wore a Sentimental Gift from Prince Philip to Deliver Her Christmas Speech This Year," 24 Dec. 2018 My mother was emotional and cleared her dresser bureau to organize the new makeup. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Glamour, "I'm an Immigrant. When I Spend Money on Makeup, I'm Paying to Feel Safe.," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of bureau

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bureau

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

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bureau

noun

English Language Learners 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

bureau

noun
bu·​reau | \ ˈbyu̇r-ō How to pronounce bureau (audio) \

Kids Definition of bureau

1 : a low chest of drawers for use in a bedroom
2 : a division of a government department the Federal Bureau of Investigation
3 : a business office that provides services a travel bureau

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