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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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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 cedary (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 The outside is cedar shingles; the soaring inside is Douglas fir. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Mix of woods and glass give inhabitants of $3.45M log home soaring views of nature," 27 June 2020 Saddle Notch Ranch includes a five-bedroom red-cedar log home with a wine cellar, 30-person great room, theater, and game room, and a four-bedroom guesthouse. TheWeek, "6 homes made for wine lovers," 27 June 2020 Indeed, the home has that same New England feel, with its cedar siding and shingles, country porch and lakeside setting. cleveland, "1994 Life Magazine Dream House replica in Chagrin Falls: House of the Week," 26 June 2020 The cedar doorway is assessible for those with disabilities. Carissa Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Fairies ‘take residence’ in cluster of tiny homes in Friendswood park," 22 June 2020 His son erects a palace, large enough to store a year’s worth of oil and wine, and a temple, built from Lebanon cedar overlaid with gold. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 On the Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails, hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers pass the shimmering lake, cedar trees, and a population of otters. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Easy Weekend Trips from NYC," 17 June 2020 Natural cedar siding, reclaimed hardwood floors and doors, live-edge counters and beautiful craftsmanship evoke the allure of a mountain cabin. oregonlive, "10 tempting, crazy Oregon getaways when you’re ready to get out there," 5 June 2020 It was reopened Tuesday after workers temporarily replaced the glass panel with cedar planks, according to an Instagram post. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Gatlinburg’s SkyBridge is back open after guest damaged glass panel on bridge," 16 June 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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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cedar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cedar. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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