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: 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 On Thursday, with a chance to sweep the cellar-dwelling Pirates, the Red Sox offense sputtered, failing to claim an extra-base hit in a listless 8-2 loss. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2022 Friday marked Mason's first-ever win over Colerain, dropping the Cardinals to 0-4 and the cellar of the GMC. Brendan Connelly, The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2022 His device, which comes with a free subscription to the cellar-logging app Vinotag, provides a real-time update of any bottle added to or taken from its shelves. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 3 Sep. 2022 The renovations will also include transforming Precinct Kitchen + Bar into a whiskey cellar and wine tasting room. Catherine Carlock, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2022 In this minimalist approach, winemakers also rely on the naturally occurring yeasts on the grapes and in the cellar for fermentation, rather than commercial yeasts. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 21 Aug. 2022 The harvest programs, which last until October, include time for guests to spend working in the vineyards, helping with the harvest, having educational sessions in the cellar and tasting the latest releases of the estate’s wines. Ann Abel, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 The family — he; Seraphim; his mother, Yulia Vashchenko, 37; and his stepfather, Serhii Yesypenko, 43, known as Serozha, hid in the cellar. Laura Kingstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 More than 1,000 bottles will be kept in the cellar, but only about 200 wines at a time will be presented to diners, allowing for a more approachable offering that encourages conversation when selecting a bottle. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 1 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb No conference is strong from roof to cellar in the revenue-making sports — football and basketball. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2022 This handy gadget will bring reds to cellar temperature in 15 minutes and keep your whites cool for about 60 minutes. Maureen Farrar, Outside Online, 9 June 2022 Definitely a wine to cellar for a special occasion. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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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 Sep. 2022.

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

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