desk

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noun \ˈdesk\

Definition of desk

  1. 1a :  a table, frame, or case with a sloping or horizontal surface especially for writing and reading and often with drawers, compartments, and pigeonholesb :  a reading table or lectern from which a liturgical service is readc :  a table, counter, stand, or booth at which a person works

  2. 2a :  a division of an organization specializing in a particular phase of activity the Russian desk in the Department of Stateb :  a seating position according to rank in an orchestra a first-desk violinist

Examples of desk in a Sentence

  1. an information desk at an airport

  2. We will ask for directions to the restaurant at the front desk.

  3. We went to the reception desk to check into our room.

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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



DESK Defined for English Language Learners

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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

desk

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noun \ˈdesk\

Definition of desk for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece of furniture with a flat or sloping surface for use in writing or reading

  2. 2 :  a counter at which a person works especially to help customers



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