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rathskeller (n.)

1900, from German ratskeller, earlier rathskeller, "a cellar in a German town hall in which beer is sold," from rat "council" (from Proto-Germanic *redaz, from suffixed form of PIE root *re- "to reason, count") + keller "cellar" (see cellar (n.)). The German -h- inserted to avoid association with the word for "rat."

updated on June 02, 2017

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Definitions of rathskeller from WordNet

rathskeller (n.)
a tavern below street level featuring beer; originally a German restaurant in the basement of city hall;
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