[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. rather,
  2. rathke,
  3. rathke's pouch,
  4. rathole,
  5. rathouse,
  6. raticide,
  7. ratification,
  8. ratify,
  9. ratine,
  10. rating

Origin of rathskeller

1860–65; < German, equivalent to Rath (extracted from Rathaus town hall) + -s 's1 + Keller cellar

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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."

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