ce·​dar ˈsē-dər How to pronounce cedar (audio)
: 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
: 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
: the wood of a cedar
ˈsē-dər-ē How to pronounce cedar (audio)

Examples of cedar in a Sentence

a chair made of cedar
Recent Examples on the Web Kuma, who designed the Japan National Stadium (the centerpiece of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics), renovated the imposing 1920s-era, red brick Kyoto Central Telephone Office, while adding an industrial-looking building — sheathed in copper sulfide plating, cedar, glass and concrete — next door. John Wogan, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2024 Wood mailboxes should be made from water-resistant cedar or teak. Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Mar. 2024 And Rhubarb, as in this delicious EDP from Perfumer H, is one of his favorite expressions of the tart veggie, in this case paired with red fruits, rose water, and cedar. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 21 Mar. 2024 Framed by 30-foot bluffs along the shore, it's littered with driftwood from live oak and cedar trees. Carrie Honaker, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2024 Additionally, trees removed from the lot were milled and used for cedar siding on the exterior of the home. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 13 Mar. 2024 Patterns woven in natural crimson dyes by artists from the Ayoreo tribe cover the walls; wooden tortoises and tapirs, carved by Aché artisans, feature mythological scenes carefully burned into the cedar. Laurence Blair, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Allergenic trees include alder, birch, cedar, horse chestnut, oak poplar and willow. Ray Padilla, The Courier-Journal, 29 Feb. 2024 The drive to Treehouse Point, half an hour east of Seattle, takes you through a forest fit for hobbits, crowded full of fir, spruce, cedar, maple and hemlock. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cedar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cedar. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ce·​dar ˈsēd-ər How to pronounce cedar (audio)
: any of a genus of usually tall trees related to the pines and noted for their fragrant durable wood
: any of numerous cone-bearing trees (as some junipers) resembling the true cedars especially in having fragrant long-lasting wood
: the wood of a cedar

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Ce·​dar ˈsē-dər How to pronounce Cedar (audio)
river 329 miles (529 kilometers) long in southeastern Minnesota and eastern Iowa flowing southeast into the Iowa River

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