Definition of desk in English:


Syllabification: desk
Pronunciation: /desk


1A piece of furniture with a flat or sloped surface and typically with drawers, at which one can read, write, or do other work.
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  • His specialty was making caskets and exquisite pieces of household furniture, including walnut desks and mantel pieces.
  • They're worried that they're vulnerable to another attack while officials sit behind desks writing reports.
  • He took out the strap and slammed the belt down on the flat surface of the desk for emphasis.
writing table, bureau, escritoire, secretaire, rolltop desk, carrel, workstation, worktable
1.1 Music A position in an orchestra at which two players share a music stand: an extra desk of first and second violins
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  • We could hardly keep our faces straight and some of the musicians at the back desks laughed behind their music wholeheartedly.
  • It will be fine if you plan to scratch away in the back desk of the second violins of an amateur orchestra.
  • Intriguingly enough, you didn't try to make a big name for yourself as a cellist but kept your eye on a conducting career from the cello desk.
1.2A counter in a hotel, bank, or airport at which a customer may check in or obtain information: the reception desk
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  • Having enquired at all car rental information desks at Dublin airport, the answer was alas the same.
  • They laughed and hurried sheepishly downstairs, leaving the key on the reception desk in the hotel lobby.
  • They walked together with me from the reception desk to the security check area.
1.3 [with modifier] A specified section of a news organization, especially a newspaper: he landed a job on the sports desk
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  • Reuters' global photo desks will move to Singapore, as will its graphics service, currently in Miami.
  • Rumors from the media market suggest that panic is rife at several editorial desks.
  • The sports desk at the paper's office was a quarter of a very large room; here, it's literally one sports desk.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin desca, probably based on Provençal desca 'basket' or Italian desco 'table, butcher's block', both based on Latin discus (see discus).

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