Definition of bureau
1a British : writing desk; especially : one having drawers and a slant topb : 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 Investigationb : a branch of a newspaper, newsmagazine, or wire service in an important news center the newspaper's Washington bureauc : a usually commercial agency that serves as an intermediary especially for exchanging information or coordinating activities credit bureau the local visitor's bureau
Examples of bureau in a Sentence
the Federal Bureau of Investigation
The book is on top of my bureau.
Recent Examples of bureau from the Web
Jack Simpson, commander of the administrative services bureau, said last week.
The Hamilton Police Department is asking anyone with information about Reed's death to contact the detective bureau at 513-868-5811 ext.
The view was somewhat different from the No. 1 spot occupied by Carrow’s classmate Daniel Buscaglia, who also played saxophone in several performance ensembles and volunteered in his town’s youth bureau.
Walid Omary, Al-Jazeera's local bureau chief, said he has not been notified of any formal action against his operation.
Vornado Realty Trust is one of three finalists to build a replacement for the bureau's current headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., the massive J. Edgar Hoover Building, according to Garth Beall, manager of Renard Development.
Under the bill, the consumer bureau would be stripped of most of its powers to regulate home-mortgage lenders, student and payday lenders, credit cards, large retail banks and other firms that sell financial services to households and individuals.
For example, Comey kept James Clapper, Coats’s predecessor in the DNI job during the Obama administration, in the dark about the bureau’s investigation into possible coordination.
Lawmakers are likely to ask Comey about his interactions with Trump as the bureau pursued its investigation into his campaign’s contacts.
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Origin and Etymology of bureau
French, desk, cloth covering for desks, from Old French burel woolen cloth, from Old French *bure, from Late Latin burra shaggy cloth
First Known Use: 1698See Words from the same year
BUREAU Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bureau for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of bureau for Students
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
History for bureau
A chest of drawers and an office, which are two of the meanings of the word bureau, do not seem to have much of a connection. In French, from which we have borrowed the word, bureau originally referred to a piece of rough cloth used to protect the surface of a desk. But its meaning expanded so that it could also refer to the desk itself, and to the room containing the desk, that is, an office. On some bureaus with lots of drawers the writing surface could be raised and closed to form a slanting top. In the United States a chest of drawers without any writing surface came to be called a bureau.
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