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A small desk or bureau with a writing surface, especially one with built-in compartments for storing documents and often a hinged, slanted front that drops down to provide the writing surface.
[Obsolete French, from Old French escriptoire, study, from Medieval Latin scrīptōrium; see scriptorium.]
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(Furniture) a writing desk with compartments and drawers, concealed by a hinged flap, on a chest of drawers or plain stand
[C18: from French, from Medieval Latin scriptōrium writing room in a monastery, from Latin scrībere to write]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a piece of furniture with a surface for writing on, usu. with drawers and compartments for writing materials.
2. a portable case that holds writing materials and that when opened forms a surface on which to write.
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A portable writing desk, typically with a hinged top closing over small drawers.
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