Learner's definition of DESK
a piece of furniture that is like a table and often has drawers
◊ People often sit at desks when they are writing or using a computer.
◊ Often desk refers specifically to the desk a person uses to do his or her job.
— often used before another noun
see picture at office
a place where people can get information or be served at an office, a hotel, etc.
an information desk at an airport
We will ask for directions to the restaurant at the front desk.
We went to the reception desk to check into our room.
the part of a company or organization that deals with a particular subject
see also city desk
the television network's financial/foreign desk
the newspaper's sports desk
the news desk [=the office where news is gathered to be reported in a newspaper, on television, etc.]