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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BUREAU

I am writing this on the bureau, so that when I lift my eyes I may see It.

And I know that since the death of Maman Theresa they had hid it in one of the bureau drawers.

Beaufort rose with a desperate effort; he moved to the bureau.

They undressed again, and Dan put his gun away in his bureau.

I think that she still contemplated appearing in it at the Bureau.

Well, they tells me—Lawd knows what they calls it bureau for!

At first she invariably kept him in a lower drawer of my bureau.

Then she rose from her seat, and returned her night glasses to the bureau.

Then she rose, and, going to her bureau, picked up a pair of night glasses.

But Kate, as she sat before her bureau, had no thought of these things just now.

WORD ORIGIN

1690s, "desk with drawers, writing desk," from French bureau "office; desk, writing table," originally "cloth covering for a desk," from burel "coarse woolen cloth" (as a cover for writing desks), Old French diminutive of bure "dark brown cloth," which is perhaps either from Latin burrus "red," or from Late Latin burra "wool, shaggy garment." Offices being full of such desks, the meaning expanded 1720 to "division of a government." Meaning "chest of drawers" is from 1770, said to be American English but early in British use.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BUREAU

administration

nounhuman or group who manages effort of an organization

agencies

nounorganization, often business-related

agency

nounorganization, often business-related
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