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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The bureau will also face significant difficulty resuming cyber operations after weeks in limbo, says Anthony Ferrante, former chief of staff for the FBI’s cyber division. Joseph Marks, The Seattle Times, "Shutdown hits FBI cyber investigations hard, agents say," 23 Jan. 2019 Forbes’s swamped bureau reporters could offer only token help to a 23-year-old greenhorn on what many regarded as a fool’s errand. Jonathan Greenberg, Town & Country, "How to Get a Spot Among the Billionaires on the Forbes 400 List," 15 Jan. 2019 Here’s what’s been going down in the L.A. bureau of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: LA' Sparks Panic Over Sam and Callen in 'Insane' New Episode," 17 Feb. 2019 Initially speaking only German and French, Mr. Kalischer landed a copy boy job in Agence France-Presse’s New York bureau. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Clemens Kalischer, who memorably photographed refugees and musicians, dies at 97," 20 June 2018 From casting doubt on key players in the bureau to waging a proxy war to discredit Mueller himself, Trump and his allies have sought to weaponize public opinion, even as doing so may further ensnare them in Mueller’s obstruction-of-justice case. Abigail Tracy, The Hive, "As Mueller Closes in, Trump’s Allies Urge Him to Go Nuclear on the F.B.I.," 18 May 2018 After working in the magazine's Chicago bureau for seven years, Conyers had developed a taste for journalism and a friend told him of such opportunities in Milwaukee's black community. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nathan Conyers spread the good news of Milwaukee's African-American community," 4 May 2018 But his departure from the bureau has also been followed by a cascade of negative headlines that seem to have given ammunition to critics of the FBI, including Trump. Eric Tucker And Chad Day, chicagotribune.com, "James Comey: Trump's attacks on FBI make the U.S. less safe," 1 May 2018 Both have since been dismissed from the bureau, Mr. McCabe for allegedly lying to investigators about his media contacts and Mr. Strzok over text messages that were critical of Mr. Trump. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Mike Flynn Wasn’t Tricked Into Lying, Mueller’s Team Says," 14 Dec. 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 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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