bureau

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French bureau, earlier "coarse cloth (as desk cover), baize", from Old French burel(woolen cloth), diminutive of *bure (compare Middle French bure(coarse woolen cloth), French bourre(hair, fluff)), from Late Latin burra(wool, fluff, shaggy cloth, coarse fabric); akin to Ancient Greek βερβέριον(berbérion, shabby garment).

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bureau ‎(plural bureaus or bureaux)

  1. An administrative unit of government; office.
  2. An organization or office for collecting or providing information or news.
    a news bureau; a travel bureau; a service bureau; an employment bureau;   the Citizens Advice Bureau
  3. An office (room where clerical or professional duties are performed).
    • Victoria Delderfield, Secret Mother:
      There was an eerie silence in the dorm [... in] the factory. [...] The lamp glowed in his bureau, warm and reassuring and, through the window, I could see his papers strewn across the desk. [...] I called his name again. A movement from his bureau. [...] I banged on his door until it opened a crack[. ...] He pushed me out onto the staircase. "Get out," he screamed. The door to his bureau slammed in my face.
    • 2010, Ellie Nielsen, Buying a Piece of Paris: A Memoir, page 17:
      Both my ability to comprehend what is being said [in French] and my ability to fake comprehension have improved expeditiously. Monsieur holds the door open for me as we step inside his bureau. No one looks up as we enter. He offers me a seat, and when I fail to take it he returns to my side of the desk [...].
    • 2015, Dan Riker, The Blue Girl Murders, page 287:
      Nick opened the bureau door and told Joan he was going to find Susan. He walked to the cafeteria, but it was empty. He went back to the bureau, and asked Joan to check the restrooms.
  4. (chiefly Britain) A desk usually with a cover and compartments that are located above the level of the writing surface rather than underneath, often for for storing papers inside.
  5. (US) A chest of drawers for clothes.

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Borrowing from French bureau.

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bureau n ‎(plural bureaus, diminutive bureautje n)

  1. desk
  2. office

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French[edit]

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From Old French burel, diminutive of *bure (compare Middle French bure(coarse woolen cloth), French bourre(hair, fluff)), from Late Latin burra(wool, fluff, shaggy cloth, coarse fabric); akin to Ancient Greek βερβέριον(berbérion, shabby garment).

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bureau m ‎(plural bureaux)

  1. desk
  2. office (room)
  3. ticket office
  4. the staff of an office
  5. office; an administrative unit
  6. (obsolete) frieze (coarse woolen cloth)

Descendants[edit]

  • Portuguese: birô (borrowed)
  • Romanian: birou (borrowed)
  • Russian: бюро́(bjuró) (borrowed)
  • Swedish: byrå (borrowed)

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