[bras-uh-ree; French brasuh-ree]

noun, plural bras·se·ries [bras-uh-reez; French brasuh-ree] /ˌbræs əˈriz; French brasəˈri/.

an unpretentious restaurant, tavern, or the like, that serves drinks, especially beer, and simple or hearty food.

Origin of brasserie

1860–65; < French: literally, brewery; Middle French, equivalent to brass(er) to brew (< Gallo-Latin *braciāre, derivative of *brac- malt < Gaulish; compare Welsh brag, MIr mraich, braich malt) + -erie -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of brasserie

Historical Examples of brasserie

  • The weather was oppressive and he had talked too much to the young men at the brasserie.


    James Huneker

  • I am not going to allow you to take an engagement in a brasserie!

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke

  • In revenge, the Germans killed every man, woman, and child in the brasserie.

  • He paid the coachman and the interpreter, and lunched at the Brasserie de Vienne nearby.

  • At the Brasserie Lutetia there was a telephone in the private room where he asked to have lunch served.

British Dictionary definitions for brasserie



a bar in which drinks and often food are served
a small and usually cheap restaurant

Word Origin for brasserie

C19: from French, from brasser to stir, brew
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for brasserie

1864, "brewery," from French brasserie, from Middle French brasser "to brew," from Latin brace "grain used to prepare malt," said by Pliny to be a Celtic word (cf. Welsh brag "malt").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper