estaminet

[es-ta-mee-ne]

Origin of estaminet

First recorded in 1805–15
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estaminet

noun
  1. a small café, bar, or bistro, esp a shabby one

Word Origin for estaminet

C19: from French, perhaps from Walloon dialect staminet manger
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Word Origin and History for estaminet
n.

1814, from French, "a café in which smoking is allowed" (17c.), of unknown origin; some suggest a connection to French estamine, a type of open woolen fabric used for making sieves, etc., from Latin stamineus "made of thread." Or from Walloon stamen "post to which a cow is tied at a feeding trough," from Proto-Germanic *stamniz (see stem (n.)).

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