bu·​reau | \ˈbyu̇r-(ˌ)ō, ˈbyər-\
plural bureaus also bureaux\-​(ˌ)ōz \

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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For now, Underwood's office encourages anyone with questions about their New York hospital billing to contact its health care bureau at 800-428-9071. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Hospitals Billed Sexual Assault Survivors for Rape Kits. Now They're Paying the Price.," 29 Nov. 2018 During the summer of 2016, the F.B.I. sent an informant to meet with two Trump campaign advisers after the bureau had received information that the two men had suspicious contacts linked to Russia. Mark Mazzetti, New York Times, "White House Orders Broader Access to Files About F.B.I. Informant," 12 July 2018 Jane Zucker, New York City’s assistant commissioner of the bureau of immunization, told Vox. Julia Belluz, Vox, "New York’s Orthodox Jewish community is battling measles outbreaks. Vaccine deniers are to blame.," 9 Nov. 2018 The bureau, which is overseen by Interior, manages nearly 388,000 square miles (1 million square kilometers) of land nationwide, and 99 percent is in 12 Western states. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "US official reiterates push to move land agency out West," 28 Aug. 2018 Hector Sandoval, the bureau’s director, said in a statement this week. David Lyons, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Nervous South Florida industries await tariff war fallout," 6 July 2018 In any event, the Rosenstein memo referred only to Comey's overall management of the bureau, including his handling of the Hillary Clinton private email case. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump says he didn't fire James Comey over Russia despite video evidence," 31 May 2018 The comments, made by a member of Hamas' political bureau, Khalil Al Hayya, came after militants launched what the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) described as the biggest barrage of rocket and mortar fire from the coastal enclave in years. Abeer Salman And Andrew Carey, CNN, "Hamas says Gaza ceasefire reached following intense fighting with Israel," 30 May 2018 This means an annual rate of increase here of 15.7 percent since March 1978, 5.5 percent above the national average and the highest since the CPI was established in 1967, Jim Wurth, a spokesman at the Los Angeles regional office of the bureau, said. sandiegouniontribune.com, "April 27, 1979: Record inflation," 27 Apr. 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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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 \

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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