Definition of Rathaus in US English:



  • A town hall in a German-speaking country.

    • ‘A pedestrian whom we questioned on how we could get to the Rathaus, squinted at my companion and said in English: ‘I know who you are.’’
    • ‘The Rathaus, the city hall, was an appropriate site for the exhibit: a centrally located public landmark.’
    • ‘A new arrival, the Atoll hotel is externally an undistinguished building cranked round two sides of the main square in front of the Rathaus.’
    • ‘The most arresting spatial features of the exhibit were at its ‘center,’ the area of the Rathaus facing its plaza.’
    • ‘Its inventive but unidentified German artist is named after the paintings on the panelling of the conference room in the Rathaus at Goslar.’


German, from Rat ‘council’ + Haus ‘house’.