Definition of bureau noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbjʊərəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbjʊroʊ//
    (pl. bureaux, bureaus
    BrE BrE//ˈbjʊərəʊz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbjʊroʊz//
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  1. 1 (British English) a desk with drawers and usually a top that opens down to make a table to write on
  2. 2 (North American English) = chest of drawers
  3. 3an office or organization that provides information on a particular subject an employment bureau a convention bureau (= an office that provides information and services for people organizing conferences) (especially North American English) a visitor’s bureau (= an office that provides information for tourists)
  4. 4(in the US) a government department or part of a government department the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  5. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from French, originally ‘baize’ (used to cover writing desks), from Old French burel, probably from bure ‘dark brown’, based on Greek purros ‘red’.Extra examples She had a friend in the press bureau. The bureau handles millions of requests each year. You can get more information at your local citizen’s advice bureau. the US Federal Bureau of Prisons She works for an employment bureau. There was just enough space for a fold-up bed, washstand and bureau. You can get advice on a wide variety of subjects including money, debt and legal problems, from Citizens’ Advice Bureaux.
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