ce·​dar | \ ˈsē-dər How to pronounce cedar (audio) \

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 wood
b : 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

Other Words from cedar

cedary \ ˈsē-​dər-​ē How to pronounce cedar (audio) , -​də-​rē \ adjective

Examples of cedar in a Sentence

a chair made of cedar
Recent Examples on the Web In 2016, the removal of a massive cedar tree from a city park generated national attention after it was discovered that it was being used as a prop during a Donald Trump rally. al, 29 June 2022 The heart notes include sea breeze with jasmine and rose, while the base notes have mastic and juniper, mixed with cedar and amber. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 22 June 2022 When Eilon Caspi got a call from friends who were clearing trees on their property, Caspi drove over, squeezed a 10-foot cedar into his Subaru Forester and took it to the family workshop. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 20 July 2022 It’s inspired by the Mississippi death cults of the 1300s (Google it), a society that anthropologists believe viewed cedar as a portal between worlds. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 19 July 2022 Slight petrol and mocha aromas, and flavors of chocolate and some cedar on the finish. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 3 July 2022 At the opposite end of the room is a walk-in closet planked with cedar that is 53 square feet. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2022 Rose bushes and cedar trees decorate boutique gardens. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 July 2022 Just north of the bluffs is a gorge deep in the earth — dubbed Cedar Gorge for the cedar trees shading it from view. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cedar

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cedar

Middle English cedre, from Anglo-French, from Latin cedrus, from Greek kedros

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“Cedar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cedar. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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ce·​dar | \ ˈsē-dər How to pronounce cedar (audio) \

Kids Definition of cedar

: a tree having cones and a strong wood with a pleasant smell

Cedar geographical name

Ce·​dar | \ ˈsē-dər How to pronounce Cedar (audio) \

Definition of Cedar

river 329 miles (529 kilometers) long in southeastern Minnesota and eastern Iowa flowing southeast into the Iowa River

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