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cellar

noun cel·lar \ ˈse-lər \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of cellar

1 a :a room or set of rooms below the ground floor of a building :basement
  • There's storage space in the cellar.
b (1) :a room for storing wines :wine cellar
(2) :a stock of wines
  • a restaurant with an impressive cellar
2 :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.

Examples of cellar in a Sentence

  1. The cellar has a dirt floor.

  2. a restaurant with an impressive cellar

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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

cellar Synonyms

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cellar

verb

Definition of cellar

transitive verb
:to put into a cellar (as for storage)
  • cellaring wine

First Known Use of cellar

circa 1551


CELLAR Defined for English Language Learners

cellar

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

noun cel·lar \ ˈse-lər \

Definition of cellar for Students

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


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