a chest of drawers, often with a mirror at the top.
a division of a government department or an independent administrative unit.
an office for collecting or distributing news or information, coordinating work, or performing specified services; agency:
a travel bureau; a news bureau.
Chiefly British. a desk or writing table with drawers for papers.
Contemporary Examples

The Hidden Horror of Whitey Bulger’s Trial T.J. English July 21, 2013
Comey: Principled or Self-Righteous? Daniel Klaidman May 29, 2013
Did the NYPD Botch Terror Probe? Gerald Posner September 21, 2009
Inside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: An Interview With Richard Cordray Daniel Stone June 30, 2012
‘You’re a F—cking Liar’: Whitey Bulger and the FBI’s Sordid History T.J. English June 30, 2013

Historical Examples

Peggy in Her Blue Frock Eliza Orne White
The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees James Mooney
Sandy Alice Hegan Rice
Blow The Man Down Holman Day
December Love Robert Hichens

noun (pl) -reaus, -reaux (-rəʊz)
(mainly Brit) a writing desk with pigeonholes, drawers, etc, against which the writing surface can be closed when not in use
(US) a chest of drawers
an office or agency, esp one providing services for the public

a government department
a branch of a government department


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