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EtymologyEdit

French bureau ‘desk’, earlier ‘coarse cloth (as desk cover), baize’, from Old French burel ‘woolen cloth’, diminutive of *bure (compare 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’.

NounEdit

buro (plural buros)

  1. an office
    • 1998 May 13, “More than 9000 Basotho Gold Miners Retrenched”, ANC Dailey News Briefing:
      … an employment buro said on Tuesday. The retrenchments took place between November last year and March 1998, the Employment Buro of Africa's regional manager, Chris Hechter said.
    • 2008 February 19, Alejandro López de Haro, Jr., “Fidel Castro Steps Down”, Ground Report, accessed on 2012-09-14:
      … a member of both the council of ministers and the Cuban Communist Party's political buro.
  2. a desk, usually with a cover and compartments for storing papers etc. located above the level of the writing surface rather than underneath.
    • 1902, Bill Arp, From the Uncivil War to Date[1], edition HTML, Univ. of North Carolina, published 1998:
      Mrs. Arp opens her school and stands 'em up by the buro to say their lessons.
  3. (US) a Chest of drawers for clothes
    • 1885, Marietta Holley, Sweet Cicely[2], edition Online, The Gutenberg Project, published 2005:
      And I went up into the spare chamber, and sort o' fixed Philury's things to the best advantage; for I knew the neighbors would be in to look at 'em. And I was a standin' there as calm and happy as the buro or table, ...
    • 1998 May, Phil D. Zimmerman, “The Stratford, Connecticut, bureau table: A re-examination”, Antiques, volume 153, number 5, page 740: 
      One can only speculate about the appearance of the "New-fashion buro" advertised for sale in the Boaton Gazette of May 1, 1750.

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buro n (plural buro's, diminutive burootje n)

  1. Nonstandard spelling of bureau.

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buro n

  1. neuter form of bur

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buro

  1. Obsolete plural form of bar, past tense of bära.