Share this entry

bureau de change Line breaks: bur¦eau de change
Pronunciation: /ˌbjʊərəʊ də ˈʃɒ̃ʒ/
Pronunciation: /byʀo də ʃɑ̃ʒ/

Definition of bureau de change in English:

noun (plural bureaux de change pronounced same)

An establishment at which customers can exchange foreign money.
Example sentences
  • This 24-hour distribution eliminates the need for customers to visit the bureau de change for currency exchange.
  • Staff would send people with European currency to the customer service desk and we would operate as a bureau de change against a rate fixed two or three times a week.
  • He laundered his money through bureaux de change and in casinos in Amsterdam.


1950s: French, literally 'office of exchange'.

Definition of bureau de change in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources