/ desk; NAmE / noun
a piece of furniture like a table, usually with drawers in it, that you sit at to read, write, work, etc. :
He used to be a pilot but now he has a desk job .
a place where you can get information or be served at an airport, a hotel, etc. :
the check-in desk
the reception desk
—see also cash desk , front desk
an office at a newspaper, television company, etc. that deals with a particular subject :
the sports desk
—see also city desk , news 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 from Greek diskos .