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[bras-uh-ree; French brasuh-ree] /ˌbræs əˈri; French brasəˈri/
noun, plural brasseries
[bras-uh-reez; French brasuh-ree] /ˌbræs əˈriz; French brasəˈri/ (Show IPA)
an unpretentious restaurant, tavern, or the like, that serves drinks, especially beer, and simple or hearty food.
Origin of brasserie
1860-65; < French: literally, brewery; Middle French, equivalent to brass(er) to brew (< Gallo-Latin *braciāre, derivative of *brac- malt < Gaulish; compare Welsh brag, MIr mraich, braich malt) + -erie -ery Unabridged
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  • At the brasserie Lutetia there was a telephone in the private room where he asked to have lunch served.

  • I am not going to allow you to take an engagement in a brasserie!

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • I entered the brasserie, bowed to Madame among her troopers, and looked inquiringly towards the inner door.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • In revenge, the Germans killed every man, woman, and child in the brasserie.

    The Romance of the Red Triangle Arthur Keysall Yapp
  • Accordingly, the very choice cigars which M. Raindal smoked at the brasserie were, according to him, a present from the Marquis.

    Two banks of the Seine Fernand Vandrem
  • He paid the coachman and the interpreter, and lunched at the brasserie de Vienne nearby.

    The Secret of the Night Gaston Leroux
  • The weather was oppressive and he had talked too much to the young men at the brasserie.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for brasserie


a bar in which drinks and often food are served
a small and usually cheap restaurant
Word Origin
C19: from French, from brasser to stir, brew
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Word Origin and History for brasserie

1864, "brewery," from French brasserie, from Middle French brasser "to brew," from Latin brace "grain used to prepare malt," said by Pliny to be a Celtic word (cf. Welsh brag "malt").

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