Definitions for: Bureau

[n] furniture with drawers for keeping clothes
[n] an administrative unit of government; "the Central Intelligence Agency"; "the Census Bureau"; "Office of Management and Budget"; "Tennessee Valley Authority"

Webster (1913) Definition: Bu"reau, n.; pl. E. Bureaus, F. Bureaux. [F. bureau
a writing table, desk, office, OF., drugget, with which a
writing table was often covered, equiv. to F. bure, and fr.
OF. buire dark brown, the stuff being named from its color,
fr. L. burrus red, fr. Gr. ? flame-colored, prob. fr. ? fire.
See Fire, n., and cf. Borel, n.]
1. Originally, a desk or writing table with drawers for
papers. --Swift.

2. The place where such a bureau is used; an office where
business requiring writing is transacted.

3. Hence: A department of public business requiring a force
of clerks; the body of officials in a department who labor
under the direction of a chief.

Note: On the continent of Europe, the highest departments, in
most countries, have the name of bureaux; as, the
Bureau of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In England
and America, the term is confined to inferior and
subordinate departments; as, the ``Pension Bureau,'' a
subdepartment of the Department of the Interior. [Obs.]
In Spanish, bureo denotes a court of justice for the
trial of persons belonging to the king's household.

4. A chest of drawers for clothes, especially when made as an
ornamental piece of furniture. [U.S.]

Bureau system. See Bureaucracy.

Bureau Veritas, an institution, in the interest of maritime
underwriters, for the survey and rating of vessels all
over the world. It was founded in Belgium in 1828, removed
to Paris in 1830, and re["e]stablished in Brussels in

Synonyms: agency, authority, chest, chest of drawers, dresser, federal agency, government agency, office

See Also: administrative body, administrative unit, AEC, article of furniture, Atomic Energy Commission, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Bureau of the Census, Census Bureau, Center for Disease Control, central bank, Central Intelligence Agency, chiffonier, child welfare agency, child welfare service, CIA, commode, Comptroller of the Currency, drawer, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, executive agency, FBI, FDA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Housing Administration, FHA, Food and Drug Administration, Foreign Service, furniture, highboy, ICC, Inland Revenue, Internal Revenue Service, Interstate Commerce Commission, IR, IRS, local authority, Manhattan Project, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Labor Relations Board, National Park Service, National Weather Service, NRC, NRLB, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ordnance Survey, organ, OSHA, patent office, piece of furniture, redevelopment authority, regulatory agency, regulatory authority, SEC, secret service, Securities and Exchange Commission, Selective Service, Selective Service System, shelf, Social Security Administration, tallboy, UN agency, United Nations agency, weather bureau

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Famous Quotes Containing Bureau:

In Australia, they set up a special fund to kick films off. It was quite an enlightened sort of move. You could go to this government bureau with scripts and and get finance for films.

-- Bruce Beresford (Australian Director)

The Homeland Security department doesn't have tasking authority in the intelligence community. They can ask for stuff, but they can't direct anything except inside their bureau.

-- David Hunt (English Politician)

I don't think the government is out to get me or help someone else get me but it wouldn't surprise me if they were out to sell me something or help someone else sell me something. I mean, why else would the Census Bureau want to know my telephone number?

-- Andy Rooney ( Journalist)

I was in my office when - on 9/11. I think I had a number of meetings scheduled. I was just getting to know the bureau. And somebody walked in and said the first plane had - or a plane had struck the World Trade Center, one of the towers.

-- Robert Mueller (American Public Servant)

That first week, I also went to Washington. That was really tough. I sympathize with those Washington figures who have to face 40 Times Washington bureau reporters. They ask hard questions and they're relentless. And they were quite suspicious and quite dubious about me.

-- Daniel Okrent (American Editor)

At that point, which would be around February 2002, they came and they confiscated my computer, because, they said, they were suspecting that I was communicating with certain Senate members and taking this issue outside the Bureau.

-- Sibel Edmonds (American Public Servant)

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!

-- Ronald Reagan (American President)

Government is operated by deeply embedded, hopelessly entangled bureaus where nothing is accomplished because the function of the bureau is to intercept every living idea and smother it.

-- Gerry Spence (American Lawyer)

The Bureau doesn't have any secret files.

-- W. Mark Felt (American Public Servant)

I would rather propose a bureau somewhat similar to that which we have in the Universal Postal Union.

-- Fredrik Bajer (Danish Writer)

In the nineties I was doing those Blues Bureau records, but over the past two years, I have really gone back to my Christian roots and have been born again.

-- Rick Derringer (American Musician)

The U.S. Census Bureau acknowledged this fact when it reported that those with a bachelor's degree earn on average $1 million more over their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.

-- Elijah Cummings (American Politician)

Well, first of all the Dominion Bureau of Statistics made a survey in the spring of 1970, which showed that on balance the difference in the cost of living between Canadian cities and American cities was 5 % to the advantage, of course, to the Canadian cities.

-- Leonard Woodcock (American Celebrity)

The nearest approach to immortality on earth is a government bureau.

-- James F. Byrnes (American Politician)

Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the US Bureau of Wild Life.

-- Muhammad Ali (American Athlete)

I was there less than a year before I was assigned to the Paris bureau. I spent two years there and, in fact, before I even went on the staff I was sent to Europe to do assignments which they wouldn't normally do for a young photographer just starting out.

-- Gordon Parks (American Photographer)

And after I started working for the Bureau, most of my translation duties included translations of documents and investigations that actually started way before 9/11.

-- Sibel Edmonds (American Public Servant)

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