bistros

bistro

[bis-troh; French bee-stroh]
noun, plural bistros [bis-trohz; French bee-stroh] .
1.
a small, modest, European-style restaurant or café.
2.
a small nightclub or restaurant.

Origin:
1920–25; < French bistro(t), orig. argot, first attested in the sense “proprietor of a tavern” (1884); of obscure origin

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bistro (ˈbiːstrəʊ)
 
n , pl -tros
a small restaurant
 
[French: of obscure origin; perhaps from Russian bistro fast]

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bistro
1922, from Fr. bistro (1884), originally Parisian slang for "little wineshop or restaurant," of unknown origin. Commonly said to be from Russian bee-stra "quickly," picked up during the Allied occupation of Paris in 1815 after the defeat of Napoleon; but this, however quaint, is unlikely. Another guess
is that it is from bistraud "a little shepherd," a word of the Poitou dialect, from biste "goat."
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