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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This year, courts upheld tax evasion charges against Ismayilova that date back to her role as bureau chief for Radio Free Europe/Radio Libery a decade ago. Time Staff, Time, "These Are the 10 'Most Urgent' Cases of Threats to Press Freedom Around the World," 3 Sep. 2019 Bob Garrett is the Austin bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Who has the secret audio of Texas House speaker meeting, Rick Perry's Instagram gaffe, Dallas mayor has a new job," 27 Aug. 2019 Jackson Proskow, the Washington bureau chief for Canada's Global News, was among the crowd. Author: Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, "Southwest Airlines flew the remains of a Vietnam airman home to Dallas. The pilot was his son.," 9 Aug. 2019 Hinstin spoke to The Hollywood Reporter's European bureau chief Scott Roxborough on the eve of this year's festival. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "New Locarno Boss Outlines "Revolutionary" Plans for Swiss Fest," 7 Aug. 2019 On the latest podcast, Capitol bureau chief Christopher Keating wraps his head around wages, legislation, lawsuits and vetoes, while restaurant owner Brian Jessurun (Vanilla Bean Cafe, 85 Main) shares his frustrations over Lamont’s decision. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Capitol Watch Podcast: Gov. Ned Lamont’s veto could put some Connecticut restaurants out of business. We spoke to one owner.," 25 July 2019 Linda Feldmann, the Monitor’s Washington bureau chief, was almost 10 and watched on a friend’s color TV in her pajamas. The Christian Science Monitor, "The yeoman service to save Yemen," 19 July 2019 In June 2016, RT’s London bureau chief, Nikolay Bogachikhin, visited Assange twice, and gave him a USB drive on one occasion, according to the surveillance reports. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "A deeper look at Assange’s operation inside Ecuadorian Embassy," 15 July 2019 Columbus bureau chief Jackie Borchardt contributed reporting. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "How a one-page pamphlet on gun laws derailed permitless concealed carry – for now," 25 June 2019

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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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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


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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