[raht-skel-er, rat-, rath-]
- (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
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Examples from the Web for rathskeller
He had disliked the young man "Tacks" when he met him in the Rathskeller.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
"We'll get a bite to eat down in the Rathskeller," he suggested gaily.Stubble
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.The Voice of the City
The Rathskeller is well-conducted, and was built by the municipal authorities.The Gourmet's Guide to Europe
Word Origin and History for rathskeller
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