What does bureau mean?

Definitions for bureau
ˈbyʊər oʊ; ˈbyʊər oʊzbu·reau

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word bureau.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. agency, federal agency, government agency, bureau, office, authoritynoun

    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, dressernoun

    furniture with drawers for keeping clothes


  1. bureaunoun


  2. bureaunoun

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

  3. bureaunoun

    Chest of drawers for clothes.

  4. Etymology: 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’.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bureaunoun

    A chest of drawers. It is pronounced as if it were spelt buro.

    Etymology: bureau, Fr.

    For not the desk with silver nails,
    Nor bureau of expence,
    Nor standish well japan’d, avails
    To writing of good sense. Jonathan Swift.


  1. bureau

    A bureau is a department or subdivision of a larger organization, institution, or government, responsible for managing and organizing a certain area of activity. It can also refer to a chest of drawers or writing desk, typically with a mirror attached.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bureaunoun

    originally, a desk or writing table with drawers for papers

  2. Bureaunoun

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

  3. Bureaunoun

    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. Bureaunoun

    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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau is ranked #28909 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bureau surname appeared 822 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bureau.

    83.3% or 685 total occurrences were White.
    11.4% or 94 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 15 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 14 total occurrences were Asian.

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. Jeffrey Wernick:

    Parler welcomes Rep. Maloney’s call to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation conduct a robust examination of Neither Facebook nor Twitter policies and actions.

  2. Ed Clark:

    In general, these water shortages are stressing systems. They're stressing communities, in particular, the Colorado River, we are seeing the Bureau of Reclamation begin their calls for for additional actions that will provide or curtail some water allocations.

  3. Adel Hagekhalil:

    We also understand that if we don't succeed, the Bureau of Reclamation will implement Reclamation Bureau own approach to stabilize Lake Mead and Lake Powell.

  4. Ronald Reagan:

    No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!

  5. Ismail Haniyeh:

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

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