noun \ˈse-lər\

: the part of a building that is entirely or partly below the ground

: the wines that are stored in a restaurant, in someone's home, etc.

Full Definition of CELLAR

a :  basement
b :  the lowest grade or rank; especially :  the lowest place in the standings (as of an athletic league) <the team spent most of last year in the cellar>
:  a stock of wines

Examples of CELLAR

  1. The cellar has a dirt floor.
  2. a restaurant with an impressive cellar

Origin of CELLAR

Middle English celer, from Anglo-French, from Latin cellarium storeroom, from cella
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth



Definition of CELLAR

transitive verb
:  to put into a cellar (as for storage) <cellaring wine>

First Known Use of CELLAR


Rhymes with CELLAR


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Portion of a building beneath ground level, used for utilitarian and storage purposes. It is often called a basement, especially when constructed as part of a foundation. A cellar used for food storage (e.g., a root cellar) may be beneath a house or located outdoors, partly underground, with the upper part mounded over with earth to maintain fairly constant temperature and humidity; the entire enclosure may be concrete, or the floor may be of dirt and the ceiling of timber.


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