bu·​reau | \ ˈbyu̇r-(ˌ)ō , ˈbyər-\
plural bureaus also bureaux\ ˈbyu̇r-​(ˌ)ōz , 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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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 Special to McClatchy Newspapers’ Washington, D.C., bureau Andrew Malcolm is a veteran national and foreign correspondent covering politics since the 1960s. Andrew Malcolm, SFChronicle.com, "Will Trump stand up to Putin or fall for him?," 12 July 2018 The rolling red clay hills along the highway brought back memories of another time: my first job as a daily newspaper reporter, in the 1990s, in a tiny bureau in north Georgia. Jenna Russell, BostonGlobe.com, "There is magic in those Jekyll Island oaks," 21 June 2018 For many of us in the bureau, this was an appalling crime that made our hearts heavy, yet steeled our resolve to find justice for Jayden. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "‘Little Jacob’ case: Texas police arrest mom, girlfriend after identifying body of Jayden Alexander Lopez," 20 June 2018 On Thursday, police located Jimmy Torres and brought him to the homicide bureau in Doral for questioning. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "Human parts in box by canal are missing Miami woman, cops suspect. Husband jailed," 15 June 2018 After a year working in the D.C. bureau covering Washington, the Times named her an official White House correspondent in January. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Talking About the Mysteries of Melania Trump With an NYT Reporter Who Covers Her," 11 June 2018 Special to McClatchy Newspapers Washington, D.C., bureau Andrew Malcolm has covered politics since the 1960s. Andrew Malcolm, San Francisco Chronicle, "NFL controversy is about so much more than a flag," 31 May 2018 The practice is expected to continue indefinitely despite objections from Congress, as the Trump administration is eliminating 6,000 positions from the bureau's force, including 1,800 officer jobs. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Far beyond the border, immigration detentions tax federal prisons," 27 June 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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