Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A restaurant serving alcoholic beverages, especially beer, as well as food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, informal restaurant that serves beer and wine as well as simple food

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a small restaurant serving beer and wine as well as food; usually cheap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In France, a brewery, or a beer-garden attached to a brewery; also, any beer-garden or beer-saloon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small restaurant serving beer and wine as well as food; usually cheap

Etymologies

French, from brasser, to malt, brew, from Old French bracier, from Vulgar Latin *braciāre, from Latin brace, malt, of Celtic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French brasser ("to brew"), from Old French bracer, from brace 'malt', from Gaulish brace (compare Welsh brag, Scottish braigh); akin to Latin marcēre 'to wither, droop', marcor 'putrification', Old Norse mǫrr 'suet, tallow', Lithuanian mèrkti 'to macerate, soak flax'. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word brasserie means brewery in French, and beer lovers will appreciate the dozen or so brews on tap as well as nearly 100 bottles from all over the world.

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  • In France, a brasserie is a café doubling as a restaurant with a relaxed setting, which serves single dishes and other meals.

    Day 93: Brasserie Bonanza

  • The brasserie was a big quiet place, frequented chiefly by regular customers eating the plat du jour or cold meat.

    Maigret's Dead Man

  • The brasserie is a blaze of chrome and mirrors, where customers in curving banquettes eat shellfish on ice.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • The Hotel boasts of an award winning 2 rosette fine dining restaurant and brasserie, which is working towards the accolade of 3 to 4 rosettes and then onto their first Michelin star.

    Latest hospitality news from CatererSearch

  • By tradition, a brasserie is a modest restaurant, a place where you can enjoy a good, unpretentious meal at almost any time of day.

    Riverfront Times | Complete Issue

  • The Brasserie Lipp is not a restaurant: it insists - correctly - on being called a brasserie, a place to drink beer, or wine, or coffee, and to eat the reknowned Alsatian cuisine.

    Just Jared

  • The word 'brasserie' is also French for brewery and, by extension, "the brewing business."

    Day 93: Brasserie Bonanza

  • Heard on NPR this morning -- a report of the manifs in Aulnay-sous-Bois by a reporter who couldn't even say "brasserie" right.

    Expat Foul!

  • a brasserie, which is good for quick, simple meals; and a conservatory, which serves up a marvellous cream tea.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

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