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



BrE BrE//ˈbjʊərəkræt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbjʊrəkræt//
(often disapproving)
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an official working in an organization or a government department, especially one who follows the rules of the department too strictly Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French bureaucrate, from bureaucratie, from bureau, originally ‘baize’ (used to cover writing desks), from Old French burel, probably from bure ‘dark brown’, based on Greek purros ‘red’.Extra examples He was just another faceless bureaucrat. battles between political appointees and career bureaucrats We got caught up in the endless red tape of local bureaucrats.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bureaucrat