n. pl. bu·reaus or bu·reaux (-ōz)
1. A chest of drawers, especially a dresser for holding clothes.
2. Chiefly British A writing desk or writing table with drawers.
a. A government department or a subdivision of a department.
b. An office, usually of a large organization, that is responsible for a specific duty: a news bureau.
c. A business that offers information of a specified kind: a travel bureau.
[French, cloth cover for desks, desk, office, from Old French burel, woolen cloth, probably from Vulgar Latin *būra, from Late Latin burra, shaggy garment.]
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