Borrowing from French bureau, 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 (berberion, “shabby garment”).
- Desk, usually with a cover and compartments for storing papers etc. located above the level of the writing surface rather than underneath.
- (US) Chest of drawers for clothes.
- bureau in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- bureau in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
Old French burel.
bureau m (plural bureaux)
- office (room)
- ticket office
- the staff of an office
- office; an administrative unit
- (obsolete) frieze (coarse woolen cloth)
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