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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: 'desk, cloth covering for desks', from Old French burel 'woolen cloth', from Latin burra 'wool, rough cloth'

bureau

noun
     
bu‧reau plural bureaus or bureaux [countable]
1SSO an office or organization that collects or provides information:
an employment bureau
the Citizens Advice Bureau
2PG a government department or a part of a government department in the US:
the Federal Bureau of Investigation
3 an office of a company or organization that has its main office somewhere else:
the London bureau of the Washington Post
4 British EnglishDHF a large desk or writing table
5 American EnglishDHF a piece of furniture with several drawers, used to keep clothes in [= chest of drawers British English]

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