Definition of bureau in English:

bureau

noun

  • 1British A writing desk with drawers and typically an angled top opening downwards to form a writing surface.

    • ‘They later found that the writing bureau had been broken into but nothing has been stolen.’
    • ‘The architect also made furniture, designing and constructing a variety of built-in or free standing, robust, hand adzed wardrobes, bureaus, cupboards and tables.’
    • ‘Dr Gelfer-Jorgensen lists and discusses the various types of chairs, sofas, bureaus (the most prestigious piece of furniture in a middle-class home) and beds.’
    • ‘There was nowhere it might be stored - the bureau drawers were too small.’
    • ‘These should be of the same construction and of the same timber as the small drawers in the fitted part of the bureau or in the secretaire drawer.’
    • ‘Another useful clue to a mismatch is that many cabinets made to sit on bureaux and secretaire chests were fitted with a row of small drawers at the bottom.’
    • ‘There are serpentine mahogany bureaux and marquetry tables à écrire.’
    • ‘The seasonable nature of the trade led to the production of much more ambitious pieces of furniture such as tables, cabinets, bureaux and chiffoniers.’
    • ‘Lucy Snowe discovers that Madame Beck has invaded her bureau and has read her ‘triply-enclosed packet of five letters’ from Dr John.’
    desk, writing desk, writing table, roll-top desk
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    1. 1.1North American A chest of drawers.
      • ‘It had a small dressing room, with several bureaus and wardrobes, a table with a mirror and a bench.’
      • ‘Cleaned, lightly oiled, fully loaded and carefully wrapped in an oiled cloth, it was kept in a bureau drawer as a home defense weapon.’
      • ‘Much of the work displayed is functional, such as chairs, bureaus and candlesticks, but in addition to the rustic furnishings, paintings depicting landscape scenes that are typical of the region line the walls.’
      • ‘He walked over to the bureau and opened the top drawer.’
      • ‘He started grabbing various things and slamming them against walls, bureau drawers, and desks, not caring what he was throwing.’
      • ‘She'd start with the desk then work her way through the bureau; if she had time she'd check the night stand, just in case.’
      • ‘The room itself was small with two windows, a twin sized bed, a bureau, a desk and a nightstand.’
      • ‘T-shirts, sweaters, fleeces, pants, and jeans were littered all over the room on top of the bureau, over my desk, scattered across my bed and all over the floor.’
      • ‘I rolled off my bed and yanked open a drawer of my bureau.’
      • ‘She said nothing because she was stooped over a pile of clothes on her desk, waiting to be put back in her bureau.’
      • ‘Attack those piles of paper, your desk, your closet and your bureau.’
      • ‘It was of average size with an unmade bed sitting in one corner, a night table, two dressers, a bureau, a desk, a small TV, and a lot of posters on the wall.’
      • ‘The drawers of a bureau, which stood in one corner, were open, and had been, apparently, rifled, although many articles still remained in them.’
      • ‘The rest of the furniture - the bureau, the night tables and the chairs - were all the same style.’
      • ‘Recycled bureaus, sideboards, or wardrobes can create an Old World look.’
      • ‘Nicolia led me up the second staircase to the third floor and brought me to her bedroom where there was a small bed, a miniature bureau, and a one-third of her closet waiting for me.’
      • ‘Clear out a bureau drawer or two and place a welcoming lightly scented sachet inside, with a few protective sheets of tissue to line.’
      • ‘The next morning, the soldiers gave him a room with a bed, a bureau, a desk and a window that looked out on a forest.’
      • ‘Rudich's pet, Jagger, stole all those socks, for example, by climbing up the back of the bureaus and squeezing his malleable body into the small opening at the rear of the drawers.’
      • ‘The bedrooms are similarly spare - beds, a bureau, a mirror, perhaps a writing table.’
      cabinet, cupboard, chiffonier, sideboard
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  • 2An office or department for transacting particular business:

    ‘a news bureau’
    ‘the London bureau of the Washington Post’
    • ‘News organisations now rely on a shrinking number of sources in Iraq, including the news syndicates and wire services that have local bureaux operating there all the time.’
    • ‘News bureaus give it short shrift, as they do most federal agencies.’
    • ‘This is nowhere near as dismal as it sounds, because they include payroll bureaux representing 5,000 companies, so a total of 6 million employees is now covered.’
    • ‘Online authentication works if you have a shared secret, but there are no secrets in a credit bureau's database because that data is for sale.’
    • ‘Lenders, credit bureaus and businesses argue that the inconvenience created by a credit freeze outweighs potential benefits.’
    • ‘The opening of local news bureaux in places such as Salisbury and Hastings increased the amount of live reporting.’
    • ‘A news bureau was established in Kuwait in January.’
    • ‘Perhaps when it comes to the regulatory beat, we should take the lead in defining the news, as some bureaus are beginning to, rather than waiting for some agency to do it for us.’
    • ‘The BBC's network of bureaux in Europe will continue to illustrate a broad range of issues and opinions from across EU member states, and to report on events in those countries.’
    • ‘We can't get news bureaus to come to a press conference if we can't get a celebrity there.’
    • ‘There are also news bureaux in Hastings, Reading, Salisbury, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight, and a political presence at Westminster.’
    • ‘The team was chosen after many deliberations - two of the members of the team are students, one works in a news bureau, one is a teacher and one is a retired executive.’
    • ‘Women's physical disadvantages were accepted and women train drivers were transferred to railway bureaus to do office work while women workers in the construction industry were transferred to light industry.’
    • ‘It says a great deal about the role of the media and the outlook that pervades editorial offices and network news bureaus.’
    • ‘The newspaper with the largest readership in this country, the Dainik Bhaskar, claiming to be second only in the world to the Asahi Shimbun, has an occasionally novel approach to manning its news bureaus.’
    • ‘It is true that the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian and other news media have bureaus in China today.’
    • ‘The BBC is the only British broadcaster to have maintained a continuous presence in the country, including the maintenance of a permanent bureau in Baghdad.’
    • ‘Freelancers and big news agencies with international bureaux are on the ground, shooting film and talking to people, letting us see and hear first-hand about very individual stories.’
    • ‘He said the corporation had recently experienced a lot of changes including the establishment of new business centres, bureaux, and the Western Union money transfer facility at all of its major post offices.’
    • ‘In the end, Dixon believes that navigating the online world may be too difficult for the average consumer and recommends that any non-technical users contact the credit bureaus by phone or mail.’
    agency, service, office, business, company, firm, organization, operation, concern
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    1. 2.1 A government department:
      ‘the intelligence bureau’
      • ‘It said it could only reassess his application if he went to see a debt counsellor at the Citizens Advice Bureau, and the bureau produced a report explaining the need for the debts and saying what its recommendations were.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the two opposition caucuses demanded the health bureau disclose its balance sheet so the public can determine whether the planned hike is necessary to keep the program afloat.’
      • ‘Each nation has a bureau of foreign exchange, which manages its trading.’
      • ‘Flood et al studied 580 children or adolescents with diabetes and compared maternal age at delivery with data from a census bureau.’
      • ‘Among his programmes was the opening of free employment bureaus where the Peace Mission worked at finding jobs at no charge for any individual.’
      • ‘Gillian Cruddas, of York Tourism Bureau, said the bureau had received complaints about the state of the toilets and stressed that a visit to a public toilet formed a very important part of the visitor experience.’
      • ‘We are asked to complete various tasks for high-level public security bureaux and town governments.’
      • ‘Denying that the government is bowing to public pressure, a bureau spokeswoman said the delay in building a hospital was due to lower-than-expected population growth in Tung Chung.’
      • ‘A senior official characterised the incident as shaking the foundation of the intelligence bureau.’
      • ‘On the same day that Tenet resigned, the FBI proposed creation of a separate intelligence division inside the bureau.’
      • ‘Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this Earth.’
      • ‘They should also be inspected by health bureaux at least six times a year, in addition to frequent spot checks.’
      • ‘The personnel authority also said it will set up a study group to review wages for state employees assigned to local governments and local bureaus.’
      • ‘During the outbreak, the central government drew up 14 measures for the 25 health bureaus to contain the disease.’
      • ‘She said the York bureau was liaising with other bureaux in the North East and hoping to work with the Inland Revenue to improve the system.’
      • ‘If workers reckon that they might have been affected by occupational diseases, they should go to occupational disease hospitals or departments, and can further apply to local public health bureaus for authentication.’
      • ‘Research from the local health bureau and environmental protection department recently found air quality in many big shopping centres failed to meet government standards.’
      • ‘We were pleased to observe employees at voter bureaus working with each other to promote a secure environment and privacy for voting.’
      • ‘If the food sanitation authorities, health departments and firefighting bureaux tighten their supervision and show no mercy to violators, we will see few businesses or people taking chances to violate laws and regulations.’
      • ‘The president is setting up a department to oversee all intelligence and security bureaux.’
      department, division, branch, section
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Origin

Late 17th century: from French, originally baize (used to cover writing desks), from Old French burel, probably from bure dark brown, based on Greek purros red.

Pronunciation:

bureau

/ˈbjʊərəʊ/