cel·lar | \ˈse-lər \

Definition of cellar 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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.


cellared; cellaring

Definition of cellar (Entry 2 of 2)

1 transitive : to put or keep (something, such as wine or cheese) in a cellar for storage or aging Each batch is handmade to achieve a delicate soft texture, then cellared for a month to complete the aging …— Juliet Harbutt

2 intransitive : to be stored in a cellar : to undergo aging while being stored in a cellar Perfectly drinkable now, but will cellar nicely for another 3–5 years.Wine Enthusiast Magazine

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Synonyms for cellar

Synonyms: Noun


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Examples of cellar in a Sentence


The cellar has a dirt floor. a restaurant with an impressive cellar

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With a 10-3 loss, the Padres (7-11) slipped into the division’s cellar, percentage points behind the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Dodgers drop Padres back to last," 16 Apr. 2018 Tour of Copper & Kings Brandy, Absinthe and Gin Distillery and see the pure copper potstills, maturation cellar, second floor art gallery and end with a tasting and cocktails. $15. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "There's something for everyone with more than 50+ event taking place in Louisville this week," 8 Nov. 2017 Three different routes — cork, cellar and bottle — swing by different neighborhood vendors, allowing you to try a number of wines sourced by event co-sponsor and wine shop In Fine Spirits and check out a number of local businesses in the process. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "5 things to eat, drink, do this weekend," 17 May 2018 Meanwhile, Spain trailed 2-1 late to the group’s cellar dweller, Morocco. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Portugal, Spain Survive Late-Game Chaos to Advance," 25 June 2018 Source: Binary Beer The sensors must also broadcast from diverse environments: a refrigerated storage area, a basement cellar or an alley behind a bar where empty kegs are often left. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Keg Trackers Keep Your Ale From Going AWOL," 20 June 2018 The cellars belong to Mimi and Marty Moseley; Marty traces his love of wine back to his youth, when his grandfather made barrels’ worth of wine at home. Ted Trautman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Where to wine around Shasta Lake," 6 June 2018 The Orioles face their local rivals for the first time with the two teams in very different places — the Orioles in the cellar and the Nationals fighting for the top of the National League East. Josh Land, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles on deck: What to watch Monday vs. Nationals, plus lineups, broadcast info and more," 28 May 2018 Back-to-back finishes in the Sun Belt cellar means the Bobcats do not get the benefit of the doubt. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "College football's post-spring outlook: Favorite, dark horse, also-ran for each conference," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Keeping carrots and cellaring them, that concentrates the sugars. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Blind Horse executive chef pursued his art, until culinary interests called," 9 July 2018 And seldom are fragrances lovingly cellared in oak barrels. John Brodie, Town & Country, "Why Some Perfumers Are Betting That Fragrance Gets Better With Age," 30 Apr. 2018 Their 2014 is an intense and tightly wound wine that needs decanting or, better yet, cellaring a few years. 3. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Enough With the Merlot Bashing: A Wine That’s Ripe for Revival," 26 Apr. 2018 His rich, concentrated Volnay will benefit from decanting or cellaring a few years—and signals a very promising start. 5. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Beat the Burgundy Bubble: 11 Still-Affordable Wines," 7 Dec. 2017 The wines still can be cellared for years after their release. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Exploring Spain through wine at Milwaukee restaurants," 3 Oct. 2017 With cooler weather on the way, the kitchen staff has been making jams out of the last of summer peaches and apricots, pickling green beans and cellaring root vegetables. Nancy Matsumoto, WSJ, "At Chef Michael Stadtländer’s Farmhouse, Dinner Is Served," 14 Sep. 2017 This makes the wines more affordable, as well, because they can be sold immediately with no patient cellaring required. Marnie Old, Philly.com, "Great Wine Values: Lunetta Prosecco Veneto, Italy," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cellar


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cellar


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

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English Language Learners Definition of cellar

: 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.


cel·lar | \ˈse-lər \

Kids Definition of cellar

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

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