Definition of desk
1 a : a table, frame, or case with a sloping or horizontal surface especially for writing and reading and often with drawers, compartments, and pigeonholes b : a reading table or lectern from which a liturgical service is read c : a table, counter, stand, or booth at which a person works
2 a : a division of an organization specializing in a particular phase of activity <the Russian desk in the Department of State> b : a seating position according to rank in an orchestra <a first-desk violinist>
Examples of desk in a sentence
an information desk at an airport
We will ask for directions to the restaurant at the front desk.
We went to the reception desk to check into our room.
Origin and Etymology of desk
Middle English deske, from Medieval Latin desca, modification of Old Italian desco table, from Latin discus dish, disc — more at dish
First Known Use: 14th century
DESK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of desk for English Language Learners
: a piece of furniture that is like a table and often has drawers
: a place where people can get information or be served at an office, a hotel, etc.
: the part of a company or organization that deals with a particular subject
DESK Defined for Kids
Definition of desk for Students
1 : a piece of furniture with a flat or sloping surface for use in writing or reading
2 : a counter at which a person works especially to help customers
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