bureau

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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 bureaux or bureaus)

  1. Office.
  2. Desk, usually with a cover and compartments for storing papers etc. located above the level of the writing surface rather than underneath.
  3. (US) 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)

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