from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chest of drawers, especially a dresser for holding clothes.
- n. Chiefly British A writing desk or writing table with drawers.
- n. A government department or a subdivision of a department.
- n. An office, usually of a large organization, that is responsible for a specific duty: a news bureau.
- n. A business that offers information of a specified kind: a travel bureau.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Office.
- n. Desk, usually with a cover and compartments for storing papers etc. located above the level of the writing surface rather than underneath.
- n. Chest of drawers for clothes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Originally, a desk or writing table with drawers for papers.
- n. The place where such a bureau is used; an office where business requiring writing is transacted.
- n. Hence: A department of public business requiring a force of clerks; the body of officials in a department who labor under the direction of a chief.
- n. A chest of drawers for clothes, especially when made as an ornamental piece of furniture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A desk or writing-table with drawers for papers; an escritoire.
- n. A chest of drawers for holding clothes and other articles.
- n. An office or place where business is transacted.
- n. A department of government for the transaction of public business.
- n. A division of the United States Department of Commerce and Labor, charged with a general superintendence of many matters connected with the merchant marine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an administrative unit of government
- n. furniture with drawers for keeping clothes
French, cloth cover for desks, desk, office, from Old French burel, woolen cloth, probably from Vulgar Latin *būra, from Late Latin burra, shaggy garment.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French bureau ‘desk’, earlier ‘coarse cloth (as desk cover), baize’, from Old French burel ‘woolen cloth’, diminutive of *bure (cf. Middle French bure ‘coarse woolen cloth’, French bourre ‘hair, fluff’), from Late Latin burra ‘wool, fluff, shaggy cloth, coarse fabric’; akin to Ancient Greek berberion ‘shabby garment’. (Wiktionary)