Definition of cedar
1a : any of a genus (Cedrus) of usually tall coniferous trees (such as the cedar of Lebanon or the deodar) of the pine family noted for their fragrant durable woodb : any of numerous coniferous trees (as of the genera Juniperus, Chamaecyparis, or Thuja of the cypress family) that resemble the true cedars especially in the fragrance and durability of their wood
2 : the wood of a cedar
cedaryplay \-dər-ē, -də-rē\ adjective
Examples of cedar in a Sentence
a chair made of cedar
Did You Know?
A tall ornamental and timber evergreen coniferous tree, cedar is one of the pine family. There are four species of "true" cedars — the Atlas cedar, the Cyprus cedar, the deodar, and the cedar of Lebanon. Cedarwood is light, soft, resinous, and durable, even when in contact with soil or moisture. Many other conifers called cedars resemble true cedars in that they are evergreen and have aromatic, often red or red-tinged wood that, in many cases, is decay-resistant and insect-repellent. The giant arborvitae, incense cedar, and some junipers (red cedar) provide the familiar "cedarwood" of pencils, chests, closet linings, and fence posts.
Origin and Etymology of cedar
Middle English cedre, from Anglo-French, from Latin cedrus, from Greek kedros
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of Cedar
river 329 miles (529 kilometers) long in southeastern Minnesota and eastern Iowa flowing southeast into the Iowa River
CEDAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cedar for English Language Learners
: a very tall evergreen tree
: the hard, reddish, and pleasant-smelling wood of a cedar
CEDAR Defined for Kids
Definition of cedar for Students
: a tree having cones and a strong wood with a pleasant smell
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