from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A writing table; a desk.
- n. A desk with a top section for books.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A writing desk with a hinged door that provides the writing surface.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A piece of furniture used as a writing table, commonly with drawers, pigeonholes, and the like; a secretary or writing desk.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of furniture with conveniences for writing, as an opening top or falling front panel, places for inkstand, pens, and stationery, etc.; also, a tray to hold inkstand, pens, and other implements for writing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a desk used for writing
Obsolete French, from Old French escriptoire, study, from Medieval Latin scrīptōrium; see scriptorium.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from escrire, obsolete form of écrire + -oire, indicating a tool or object. (Wiktionary)