Meaning of DESK in English

/ 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 .

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