bureaucrat

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noun bu·reau·crat \ˈbyu̇r-ə-ˌkrat, ˈbyər-\

Definition of bureaucrat

  1. :  a member of a bureaucracy goverment bureaucrats

Examples of bureaucrat in a Sentence

  1. the bureaucrats at the town hall seem to think that we need a building permit to build a tree house

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Did You Know?

In French, a bureau is a desk, so bureaucracy means basically "government by people at desks". Despite the bad-mouthing they often get, partly because they usually have to stick so close to the rules, bureaucrats do almost all the day-to-day work that keeps a government running. The idea of a bureaucracy is to split up the complicated task of governing a large country into smaller jobs that can be handled by specialists. Bureaucratic government is nothing new; the Roman empire had an enormous and complex bureaucracy, with the bureaucrats at lower levels reporting to bureaucrats above them, and so on up to the emperor himself.

Origin and Etymology of bureaucrat

borrowed from French bureaucrate, after bureaucratie — more at bureaucracy, -crat


First Known Use: 1832


BUREAUCRAT Defined for English Language Learners

bureaucrat

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Definition of bureaucrat for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is one of the people who run a government or big company and who does everything according to the rules of that government or company : a person who is part of a bureaucracy



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