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Definition of "bureau" []

  • A chest of drawers, especially a dresser for holding clothes. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A writing desk or writing table with drawers. (noun)
  • A government department or a subdivision of a department. (noun)
  • An office, usually of a large organization, that is responsible for a specific duty: a news bureau. (noun)
  • A business that offers information of a specified kind: a travel bureau. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bureau" in a sentence
  • "Because the FBI has been finding it difficult to wiretap in some cases, the bureau is also considering making the carriers pay for eavesdropping when the tapping gets complicated."
  • "Mueller said that agents are juggling the financial fraud caseload with the demands of preventing terrorism and fighting public corruption, which he called the bureau's number one criminal priority."
  • "The bureau is permitted to share this data with whomever theywish."