[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.

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Reichstag (ˈraiksˌtɑːɡ, German ˈraiçstak)
1.  Also called: diet (in medieval Germany) the estates or a meeting of the estates
2.  the legislative assembly representing the people in the North German Confederation (1867--71) and in the German empire (1871--1919)
3.  the sovereign assembly of the Weimar Republic (1919--33)
4.  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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"German imperial parliament" (1871-1918), earlier used of the parliament of the North German Confederacy, 1867, from Ger. Reich "empire, kingdom" (from O.H.G. rihhi, related to O.E. rice, from P.Gmc. *rikja "rule") + Tag "assembly," lit. "day" (see day).
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