1

cellar

play
noun cel·lar \ˈse-lər\

Definition of cellar

  1. 1a :  basement There is storage room in the cellar.b :  the lowest grade or rank; especially :  the lowest place in the standings (as of an athletic league) the team spent most of last year in the cellar

  2. 2 :  a stock of wines a restaurant with an impressive cellar

Examples of cellar in a Sentence

  1. The cellar has a dirt floor.

  2. a restaurant with an impressive cellar

Recent Examples of cellar from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cellar.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of cellar

Middle English celer “storeroom, underground chamber,” borrowed from Anglo-French, “storeroom,” going back to Latin cellārium, from cella “store, larder, small room” + -ārium 1-ary

Other Architecture Terms


2

cellar

verb cel·lar

Definition of cellar

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to put into a cellar (as for storage) cellaring wine

First Known Use of cellar

circa 1551


CELLAR Defined for English Language Learners

cellar

play
noun

Definition of cellar for English Language Learners

  • : the part of a building that is entirely or partly below the ground

  • : the wines that are stored in a restaurant, in someone's home, etc.


CELLAR Defined for Kids

cellar

play
noun cel·lar \ˈse-lər\

Definition of cellar for Students

  1. :  a room or set of rooms below the surface of the ground :  basement



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cellar? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an extremely thin woman

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!