desk

noun
\ ˈdesk How to pronounce desk (audio) \

Definition of desk

1a : 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
2a : 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

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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.
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Men could wear short-sleeve Oxford shirts instead of jackets; women can feel less of a need to bundle up in heavy cardigans or use space heaters under their desks. Kara Alaimo, Twin Cities, "Kara Alaimo: The great corporate female freeze-out," 4 June 2019 In short, something strange and eye-catching for your desk. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "How Super7 Built a Business Around the Toys No One Else Would Dare Make," 20 Mar. 2019 So behind my desk at home, where size, weight, and noise don't enter into the equation, the Model M is front and center. Iljitsch Van Beijnum, Ars Technica, "Why I use a 20-year-old IBM Model M keyboard," 8 Nov. 2018 Prospective buyers were ushered back to the desk and offered a glass of water. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 From his perch on the trading desk, Kennedy had an important role in the loan-approval process. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "The thinly-sourced theories about Trump’s loans and Justice Kennedy’s son," 12 July 2018 Four years ago a previous fire had destroyed about a third of the building, including the famous library, crafted entirely by Mackintosh, from the desks to the lights. The Economist, "A burnt-out case," 21 June 2018 Police found another straw with a white powder substance in plain view on the desk. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman wanted on drug charges set up apartment inside vacant Cudahy building, police say," 20 June 2018 The ivy that snaked across the bookshelf and over the desk had started out as a miserable thing, cut back by a patient and given to Flaherty as both a prop and a gift: Its puny sprouts were meant to symbolize how ravaged the patient felt. Eric Boodman, STAT, "It’s not ‘all in your head’: When other doctors give up on patients, a boundary-breaking neurologist treats them," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of desk

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for desk

Middle English deske, from Medieval Latin desca, modification of Old Italian desco table, from Latin discus dish, disc — more at dish

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desk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of desk

: 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

noun
\ ˈdesk How to pronounce desk (audio) \

Kids Definition of desk

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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