cel·​lar | \ ˈse-lər How to pronounce cellar (audio) \

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

Noun The cellar has a dirt floor. a restaurant with an impressive cellar
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This results in a homogeneous temperature in the cellar and stocking areas throughout the year, limiting energy consumption for air conditioning and heat pumps. John Mariani, Forbes, 25 June 2021 On the floors below are a brothel; a French restaurant; and finally a cellar of sorts, accessible through a grate in the street, occupied by squatters. Sophie Haigney, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2021 Setting up shop in the mansion’s cellar, the Stones—plus Bianca Jagger and Anita Pallenberg—brought their seventies counterculture vibe to a location steeped in tradition. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 8 Apr. 2021 In the cellar, his intention is to showcase the exquisite character of those blocks and vines—and the character of the variety itself—not engage in any coverups. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 28 June 2021 The cellar of the Maison Bourgeoisiale is home to the famous Bishop's Barre, where wine in a larch-wood barrel dates back from 1886. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, 27 June 2021 Give the latest model to the newlyweds to aid in their regular consumption of their cellar. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 9 June 2021 But after decades in the cellar, the hope is that the Pilots will one day soon. oregonlive, 27 May 2021 The barrel is then put into the distillery’s limestone cellar for another nine weeks before bottling. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 18 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Classic example that can cellar for a few more years. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 Former President Bill Clinton cellared Grand Staircase-Escalante a national monument in 1996 and former President Barack Obama protected Bears Ears in 2016, both using the 1906 Antiquities Act. TheWeek, 7 Feb. 2020 Also, grab an extra bottle to cellar for next year; this is one of those beers that gets better with age. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, 6 Dec. 2019 Keeping carrots and cellaring them, that concentrates the sugars. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 July 2018 And seldom are fragrances lovingly cellared in oak barrels. John Brodie, Town & Country, 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, 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, 7 Dec. 2017 The wines still can be cellared for years after their release. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Oct. 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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“Cellar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellar. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce cellar (audio) \

Kids Definition of cellar

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

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