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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. 2017.
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  • Mller's rathskeller was the rendezvous of students, officers and all those persons of quality who liked music with their meat.

    The Princess Elopes Harold MacGrath
  • He had disliked the young man "Tacks" when he met him in the rathskeller.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • 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.

  • Let hard liquor crouch and tremble in its rathskeller below the sidewalk!

    Chimney-Pot Papers Charles S. Brooks
  • 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.

    Stubble George Looms
  • A motor, with a liveried chauffeur whom he remembered having seen before, was standing in front of the rathskeller.

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

  • Then he finished his beer, rose, and proceeded toward the stairs leading to the rathskeller below.

    The Goose Girl Harold MacGrath
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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