cedar

noun
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

Cedar

geographical name
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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Other Words from cedar

Noun

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

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And the only way to get a spritz of the Tokyo scent Gaiac 10, a mix of olibanum and cedar combined with four different types of musks, is to book a plane ticket to Japan and pick up a bottle for yourself. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Le Labo Will Release Its Entire ‘City Exclusives’ Collection Online," 10 Aug. 2018 If using softwood, such as pine or cedar, consider cutting the parts slightly thicker and wider to give the bed frame the necessary strength and rigidity. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Bed Frame," 21 Feb. 2019 Real-estate agent Wally Gudgell remembered walking the Lopez property with Allen and his team; the 3 miles of shoreline, the old-growth forest of cedar and fir, and the rock platforms with views of Mount Baker. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "How Paul Allen quietly saved an Orcas Island preschool," 19 Oct. 2018 Made of steel, cedar and concrete, the institute shares the basic Menil elements but required many technical interventions. Lesley M.m. Blume, WSJ, "Houston’s Menil Collection Will Open a New Drawing Institute In November," 10 Oct. 2018 Jammy dark fruit mixed with notes of black olive, pencil shavings, cedar and tobacco in this lively winner. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "12 Cotes du Rhone wines that offer a range of styles and values," 31 May 2018 Life-like toy soldiers line the perimeter, poinsettias add a pop of color, and cedar hangs from wall-to-wall for a truly magical Christmas experience. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Winter In Cape May, New Jersey," 10 Dec. 2018 Coniferous trees keep their foliage and include pines, cypresses, firs, redwoods, spruces, and cedars. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Can You Ace This 5th Grade Science Test?," 29 Aug. 2018 Signature Sip: Dark Days, a refreshing orange and chai soda—paired with Sfumato’s Gravitas scent, made with cedar, black pepper, cardamom, coffee and Mandarin orange Pepperberry Tonic at Bar Kumiko. Julia Bainbridge, WSJ, "What Do You Call a Bar Without Booze?," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of cedar

Noun

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

History and Etymology for cedar

Noun

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

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cedar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cedar

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

cedar

noun
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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