bureau de change

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Borrowed from French bureau de change (office of exchange).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbjʊəɹ.əʊ.dəˌʃɒ̃ʒ/


bureau de change (plural bureaux de change or bureaus de change or bureau de changes)

  1. (UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia) A place where foreign currency can be exchanged.
    • 2007, R. C. H. Alexander, Insider Dealing and Money Laundering in the EU: Law and Regulation, page 155:
      A bureau de change, as has been seen, is certainly an institution or person subject to the Directive and it arguably enters into business relations with its customers.
    • 2009, Chris McIntyre, Susan McIntyre, Zanzibar, Bradt Travel Guides, page 159:
      Good private bureaux de change include the Shangani Bureau de Change (at the northern end of Kenyatta Road, near the Tembo Hotel), and the Malindi Bureau de Change (next to the ZanAir office, east of the port gates).
    • 2011, Isaku Endo, Jane Namaaji, Anoma Kulathunga, World Bank Working Paper No. 201: Uganda′s Remittance Corridors from United Kingdom, United States, and South Africa, page 21:
      The network comprises Masterlink, a bureau de change, and a United Kingdom bank, along with a partnering MTO and a bank in Uganda.

Usage notes[edit]

The term bureau de change is not used in the United States. Instead, the terms used in the United States and in Canadian English are currency exchange and sometimes money exchange, sometimes with various additions such as foreign, desk, office, counter, service, etc., for example foreign currency exchange office.





  • IPA(key): /by.ʁo d(ə) ʃɑ̃ʒ/
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bureau de change m (plural bureaux de change)

  1. bureau de change, currency exchange (place where foreign currency can be exchanged)

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