Learner's definition of DESK
1 : 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 used before another noun
Often desk refers specifically to the desk a person uses to do his or her job.
2 : 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.
3 : the part of a company or organization that deals with a particular subject
the television network's financial/foreign desk [=department]
the newspaper's sports desk
the news desk [=the office where news is gathered to be reported in a newspaper, on television, etc.]