ce·​dar | \ˈsē-dər \

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 \

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 \-​dər-​ē, -​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


a chair made of cedar

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There's benzoin and rose honey in there, plus incense absolute, ylang ylang, cumin, atlas cedar, and sandalwood. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "I Replaced My $215 Perfume With This $6 Body Wash," 19 Oct. 2018 For those with special diets Gluten-free options amount to three appetizers, four salads and one entree (the cedar plank Scottish salmon for $18). Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Teak's burger selection makes its way to Maitland," 18 May 2018 Shim up any low blocks with strips of asphalt roofing, cedar shingles or 2-in.-thick concrete patio block. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Shed, Colonial-Style," 19 Apr. 2017 Her new cedar-shingle roof is also west-Texas traditional, but because Lebermann, who grew up on a ranch, wanted exposed shingles inside the house as well as out, two separate roofs ended up being built. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, "How an Abandoned Texas Home Is Restored Into an Ethereal Country Getaway," 20 Sep. 2018 Hemenway devised steeply pitched roofs with cedar shingles and copper gutters and downspouts. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "$2 million surge in 2 years: Wiederhorn's foreclosed mansion sells for $4 million (photos)," 26 Feb. 2018 Made from rot-resistant cedar, our ultimate compost bin features removable front planks and a clean look that allows for plenty of air movement. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Build the Ultimate Outdoor Compost Bin," 13 July 2018 Its tall, three-level facade is clad in charcoal-gray siding interlocked with corrugated steel and natural-cedar siding. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Shoe Executive’s Long-Distance Run to His Oregon Abode," 11 July 2018 The property, located at 271 Indian Hill Road, sits on one and a half acres, which includes a garden, custom tree house, tree swing, and a grove of cedar, walnut, and more. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Restored 1756 Martha’s Vineyard farmhouse asks $2.25M," 10 July 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of cedar

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

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