[rahyks-tahg; German rahykhs-tahk]

noun German History.

the lower house of the parliament during the period of the Second Reich and the Weimar Republic.

Origin of Reichstag

< German: Reich diet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of reichstag

  • Indeed, Hitler vowed in a speech to the Reichstag that he would honor the Dutch stance.

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    Russell Shorto

    October 12, 2013

Historical Examples of reichstag

  • She professed to be overawed by the peace desires of the Reichstag.

    The Devil's Paw

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • It will be recalled, also, that the Bundesrath may be convoked without the Reichstag.

    The Governments of Europe

    Frederic Austin Ogg

  • He pointed out the Thiergarten, and then descanted to us of the Reichstag House.

    Three Men on the Bummel

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • Reception of declaration by Bismarck; 360;and by the Reichstag, 361.

    Studies in Literature and History

    Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall

  • In Vienna a Jewish member of the Reichstag rose to speak and was howled down.

    The Jewish State

    Theodor Herzl

British Dictionary definitions for reichstag



Also called: diet (in medieval Germany) the estates or a meeting of the estates
the legislative assembly representing the people in the North German Confederation (1867–71) and in the German empire (1871–1919)
the sovereign assembly of the Weimar Republic (1919–33)
the building in Berlin in which this assembly met and from 1999 in which the German government meets: its destruction by fire on Feb 27, 1933 (probably by agents of the Nazi government) marked the end of Weimar democracy. It was restored in the 1990s following German reunification
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Word Origin and History for reichstag



"German imperial parliament" (1871-1918), earlier used of the chief deliberative body of the North German Confederacy, 1867, from German Reichstag, from Reich (see Reich) + Tag "assembly," literally "day" (see day). The Reichstag Fire was Feb. 27, 1933.

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