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[raht-skel-er, rat-, rath-] /ˈrɑtˌskɛl ər, ˈræt-, ˈræθ-/
(in Germany) the cellar of a town hall, often used as a beer hall or restaurant.
a restaurant patterned on the German rathskeller, usually located below street level.
Origin of rathskeller
1860-65; < German, equivalent to Rath (extracted from Rathaus town hall) + -s 's1 + Keller cellar Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He had disliked the young man "Tacks" when he met him in the rathskeller.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "We'll get a bite to eat down in the rathskeller," he suggested gaily.


    George Looms
  • Mr. Scanlon was willing, and so they made their way from the rathskeller into the sunlight.

    Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist John T. McIntyre
  • It was in the rathskeller that Highsmith made the hit of his histrionic career.

  • The wine-house, the rathskeller, is one of the sights of the place.

  • The rathskeller is well-conducted, and was built by the municipal authorities.

  • Uncle Buzz's message in the rathskeller the night before had been cryptic to the others but plain enough to Joe.


    George Looms
  • His glance swept the range of vision and settled upon a rathskeller sign.

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • A motor, with a liveried chauffeur whom he remembered having seen before, was standing in front of the rathskeller.

  • Say, they roared it out like so many young college hicks riotin' around the campus after a session at a rathskeller.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
Word Origin and History for rathskeller

1900, from German ratskeller, earlier rathskeller, "a cellar in a German town hall in which beer is sold," from rat "council" (see rede (n.)) + keller "cellar" (see cellar (n.)). The German -h- inserted to avoid association with the word for "rat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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