What does bureau mean?

Definitions for bureau
ˈbyʊər oʊ; ˈbyʊər oʊzbu·reau

Here are all the possible meanings 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

Wiktionary

  1. bureaunoun

    Office.

  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.

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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Columbus Division of Police:

    The Columbus Division of Police internal affairs bureau continues its investigation, therefore it would be inappropriate for us to comment on this matter at this time.

  2. Michael Madden:

    He's tried other things such as (Workers' Party) Political Bureau meetings, dismissals, demotions, etc., and it hasn't had the effect he wanted, the Party Congress is the most effective way to re-set North Korean political culture.

  3. Ryan Zinke:

    Words can not capture how terrible it is that children in schools overseen by Bureau of Indian Education are so poorly served.

  4. William Cocks:

    Nearly 10 years after implementation of the WHTI and the associated surge of passport applications, the Bureau of Consular Affairs is preparing for an anticipated surge as those applicants renew their passports.

  5. Ibrahim Hooper:

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

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