cedar

noun
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

Cedar

geographical name
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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Other Words from cedar

Noun

cedary \ ˈsē-​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

Noun

a chair made of cedar

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Brooklyn fragrance studio D.S. & Durga dreamed up a candle called Holy Ficus, which layers notes of cedar and fig with a hint of frankincense—wise, indeed. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "10 Utterly Perfect Home Fragrances for the Holiday Hostess with the Mostest," 20 Nov. 2018 The Hermione Candle in the clever scent combination of cedar and thyme. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "5 Harry Potter Holiday Candles," 9 Nov. 2018 The verdict: This extremely subtle candle has some hints of cedar, but for the most part, doesn't really smell like much. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "The 10 Most Popular Pumpkin Candles, Ranked," 9 Oct. 2018 There's Hermoine, which smells of cedar and thyme; Sabrina, which smells of patchouli and bergamot; and Willow, which smells of palo santo, a wood known for its protective properties. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "11 Halloween Beauty Launches for Spooky Makeup and Skin-Care Products," 9 Oct. 2018 Pro tip: Check into the cedar-plank Wickaninnish Inn, which sits at the gateway to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The cedar plank salmon with a tangy ginger lime sauce arrived flaky and moist, bolstered by roasted potatoes (regular and sweet) and grilled asparagus. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Vibrant food, friendly atmosphere make it easy to unwind at Grind and Wine," 10 May 2018 Ground covers that are good candidates for trimming now include monkey grass, creeping lily turf, English ivy, liriope, Asian jasmine, Japanese ardisia, cedar fern, wood fern and dwarf bamboo. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How and when to cut back liriope, monkey grass and other ground covers," 24 Feb. 2018 To clear the air: Help your friends and family start the new year right with Ecuadorian palo santo and Tibetan cedar incense, neatly packaged by Fredericks and Mae. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "11 Colorful Home Gift Ideas for the Design Lover Who Has Everything," 16 Nov. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of cedar

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

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