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



    BrE BrE//desk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//desk//
    In school, In the office, Staying in a hotel, Furniture
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  1. 1   a piece of furniture like a table, usually with drawers in it, that you sit at to read, write, work, etc. He used to be a pilot but now he has a desk job. see also hot-desk See related entries: In school, In the office, Furniture
  2. 2  a place where you can get information or be served at an airport, a hotel, etc. the check-in desk the reception desk see also cash desk, front desk See related entries: Staying in a hotel
  3. 3an office at a newspaper, television company, etc. that deals with a particular subject the sports desk see also city desk, news desk
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin desca, probably based on Provençal desca ‘basket’ or Italian desco ‘table, butcher's block’, both based on Latin discus from Greek diskos.Extra examples A very strange request landed on my desk this morning. He got up from his desk and went to the window. He was sitting at his desk working when we got home. I left the file on your desk. I worked the front desk as one of my first jobs. Leave your valuables at the reception desk. My desk gets very cluttered if I don’t clear it at the end of each day. Papers littered the desk and the floor. She called the front desk to let them know that he would be arriving. She paid for the book at the cash desk. Staff experiencing problems with their computers should call the help desk. The empty desk suggested she had already gone home. The manager sat frowning behind his desk throughout the whole interview. There was a long queue at the check-in desk. They put me on desk duty for a month. We asked the man on the information desk for a map of the city. a computer which takes up less desk space
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: desk