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bureau

noun administration, administrative unit, agency, authority, board, branch, commission, committee, department, division, ministry, office, specialized administraaive unit, specialized unit
See also: agency, board, chapter, commission, committee, department, facility, firm, institution, management, office, organ

BUREAU. A French word, which literally means a large writing table. It is used figuratively for the place where business is transacted: it has been borrowed by us, and used in nearly the same sense; as, the bureau of the secretary of state. Vide Merl. Repert. h. t.