What does Bureau mean?

Definitions for Bureau
ˈbyʊər oʊ; ˈbyʊər oʊzBureau

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Bureau.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authority(noun)

    an administrative unit of government

    "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"

  2. chest of drawers, chest, bureau, dresser(noun)

    furniture with drawers for keeping clothes


  1. bureau(Noun)


  2. bureau(Noun)

    Desk, usually with a cover and compartments for storing papers etc. located above the level of the writing surface rather than underneath.

  3. bureau(Noun)

    Chest of drawers for clothes.

  4. Origin: bureau ‘desk’, earlier ‘coarse cloth (as desk cover), baize’, from Old French burel ‘woolen cloth’, diminutive of *bure (cf. Middle French bure ‘coarse woolen cloth’, French bourre ‘hair, fluff’), from Late Latin burra ‘wool, fluff, shaggy cloth, coarse fabric’; akin to Ancient Greek ‘shabby garment’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bureau(noun)

    originally, a desk or writing table with drawers for papers

  2. Bureau(noun)

    the place where such a bureau is used; an office where business requiring writing is transacted

  3. Bureau(noun)

    hence: A department of public business requiring a force of clerks; the body of officials in a department who labor under the direction of a chief

  4. Bureau(noun)

    a chest of drawers for clothes, especially when made as an ornamental piece of furniture

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bureau

    būr′ō, n. a writing-table or chest of drawers: a room or office where such a table is used: a department for the transacting of public business:—pl. Bureaux (būr′ō), Bureaus (būr′ōz). [Fr. bureau—O. Fr. burel, russet cloth—L. burrus, red.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bureau

    a name given to a department of public administration, hence bureaucracy, a name for government by bureaux.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. bureau

    A long-standing functional organization, with a supporting staff designed to perform a specific function or activity within a joint force commander

Etymology and Origins

  1. Bureau

    French for a writing-desk, from buro, a drugget, with which it was invariably covered.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Bureau' in Nouns Frequency: #1950

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bureau in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bureau in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Bureau in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    We have an 'A' from the Better Business Bureau, that's false.

  2. Deputy Trina Schrader:

    This is a death investigation and it is being investigated by our homicide bureau.

  3. Ibrahim Hooper:

    We’ve never requested that the Bureau of Prisons remove pork from all of its menus. We would have no reason to.

  4. Ismail Haniyeh:

    It’s my honor to shoulder the responsibility of leading the political bureau of this large movement of holy resistance.

  5. President Bill Clinton:

    She has reported to me in no uncertain terms that he can no longer effectively lead the Bureau and law enforcement community.

Images & Illustrations of Bureau

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Translations for Bureau

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  • مكتبArabic
  • бюро́, писа́лище, канто́раBulgarian
  • burevBreton
  • kancelář, úřadCzech
  • Büro, Sekretär, Schreibtisch, KommodeGerman
  • escritorio, cómoda, oficinaSpanish
  • دفترPersian
  • virasto, toimisto, työpöytä, kirjoituspöytä, lipastoFinnish
  • skrivstovaFaroese
  • bureau, secrétaire, chiffonnier, agence, commodeFrench
  • שולחן, לשכהHebrew
  • ऑफ़िस, दफ़तरHindi
  • szekreterHungarian
  • գրասեղան, բյուրո, գրասենյակArmenian
  • scrivania, scrittoio, comò, ufficio, cassettoneItalian
  • 事務所, オフィス, 事務室Japanese
  • ბიურო, ოფისიGeorgian
  • 사무소, 사무실Korean
  • канцела́ријаMacedonian
  • biroMalay
  • uffiċċju, skrivanija, buròMaltese
  • kommode, skatoll, sekretærNorwegian
  • bureau, bureel, agentschap, kast, kledingkast, kantoorDutch
  • kommode, skatoll, sekretærNorwegian Nynorsk
  • biura, biurko, biurka, biuroPolish
  • mesa, escrivaninha, birô, escritório, cômoda, cômodasPortuguese
  • birouRomanian
  • пи́сьменный стол, комо́д, бюро́, шифонье́р, бю́ро, конто́ра, конто́рка, о́фис, секрете́р, канцеля́рияRussian
  • kanceláriaSlovak
  • byråSwedish
  • kawanihanTagalog
  • büro, şifonyerTurkish
  • văn phòng, giúp đỡVietnamese

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