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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Mulvaney has promised to bring a more business-friendly approach to the bureau’s enforcement activities in the financial arena. Kenneth R. Harney, courant.com, "CFPB Shifts Gears On Policing Zillow's Co-Marketing Schemes," 5 July 2018 In response the Internet ripped him, CNN’s Chris Cuomo grilled him in a follow-up interview, and Lewandowski was promptly dropped by his speakers bureau. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "Signs of the times: From Melania’s jacket to Dunkin’ Donuts’ notice," 23 June 2018 Thompson, whose company provided information about customer experiences to the bureau for its report, says the larger servicers have become easier to work with as more companies have begun offering the benefit. Amy Merrick, The Atlantic, "Should Businesses Help Employees Pay Off Their Student Loans?," 18 May 2018 Death on the steppe Mongolia's recent winter killed more than 700,000 livestock left weak after a drought last year, the highest toll since 2011, according to the country's statistics bureau. Max Baring, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mongolian herders leave nomadic lifestyle for the city," 3 May 2018 Three days later, his goading helped drive Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who previously oversaw the bureau’s investigations into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Philip Elliott, Time, "President Trump Feels Good About White House Shake Ups. His Staffers Don't," 22 Mar. 2018 In February 2018 — when the Rob Porter scandal brought public attention to the White House’s profligate abuse of interim security clearances — Kushner still hadn’t secured the bureau’s seal of approval. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The CIA Still Doesn’t Trust Jared Kushner With Its Most Sensitive Intelligence," 13 July 2018 For decades, The Times’ New York bureau was filled with lithographs, aquatints and collages by the likes of Elaine de Kooning and Robert Rauschenberg. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?," 12 July 2018 That money is used to pay for the state bureau that regulates the medical marijuana industry. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan awards first medical marijuana licenses," 12 July 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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