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

Definition of cedar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Definition of Cedar (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

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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.

Examples of cedar in a Sentence

Noun a chair made of cedar
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His signature Smoked Old Fashioned is a show unto itself, the tumbler given smoky flavor via a fiery blast of cherry wood, maple, oak or cedar, depending on his mood. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 5 June 2021 Such a structured wine, with an excellent balance of fresh oregano and sage alongside mixed currants and pencil shavings, cigar tobacco, and cedar. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Redwood is scented with juniper and fir needle; Acadia with scotch pine and rock rose; Zion with sage and sabino cedar. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Because the young trees nearby were icy and wet, someone climbed the cedar to break branches higher up—hence the skin and scraps of clothing found on the trunk. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 Housed in an oversized ceramic ramekin in an earthy blue hue, the candle delivers a crisp scent of juniper and cedar that will immediately freshen up any room. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, 25 Mar. 2021 The aromas of black cherries, plums, walnuts, lavender and cedar are really beautiful. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2021 Built in 1511, Thornbury Castle in southwest England is a castle straight out of a fairy tale, with crenelations, a chunky octagonal tower, bay windows, walled courtyards, turrets, and chimneys, all set in large grounds with cedar and sequoia trees. Ulrike Lemmin-woolfrey, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Mar. 2021 Unlike the dense cedar swamps and softwood ridges of northern Maine, northern Vermont is characterized by steep terrain and mostly mixed and open hardwood forest. Bob Humphrey, Outdoor Life, 19 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of cedar was in the 14th century

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“Cedar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cedar. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cedar

: a very tall evergreen tree
: the hard, reddish, and pleasant-smelling wood of a cedar


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

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