[ bras-uh-ree; French brasuh-ree ]
/ ˌbræs əˈri; French brasəˈri /

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.

Nearby words

  1. brassage,
  2. brassard,
  3. brassaï,
  4. brassbound,
  5. brassed off,
  6. brassey,
  7. brassica,
  8. brassicaceous,
  9. brassie,
  10. brassiere

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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British Dictionary definitions for brasserie


/ (ˈbræsərɪ) /


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

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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").

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