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cel·​lar ˈse-lər How to pronounce cellar (audio)
: a room or set of rooms below the ground floor of a building : basement
There's storage space in the cellar.
: a room for storing wines : wine cellar
: a stock of wines
a restaurant with an impressive cellar
: 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.


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cellared; cellaring
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
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

Examples of cellar in a Sentence

Noun The cellar has a dirt floor. a restaurant with an impressive cellar
Recent Examples on the Web
Volodymyr, a relative, said the family usually hid in the garden cellar when there were air raids. Carlotta Gall Lynsey Addario, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2024 Shifting from a bountiful success in one sport to the cellar of another would be a jolting change of scenery. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 With LaMelo Ball and the rest of the squad languishing in the NBA’s cellar, fans of the Charlotte Hornets have had virtually nothing to celebrate so far this season. Théoden Janes, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Taste current vintages, restock your cellar and chat with other wine lovers while exploring more than 50 local wineries. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 5 Jan. 2024 But scientists were astonished to find that when a bottle stored at 20 degrees Celsius (well above cellar temperature) was uncorked, the velocity of gas expelled from the bottleneck momentarily reached almost Mach 2—twice the speed of sound. Alice Lascelles, WIRED, 23 Dec. 2023 In the cellar, archaeologists unearthed a portable grindstone in two pieces. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 Rozier has certainly put in his time in the NBA cellar. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 24 Jan. 2024 And Phil absolutely did not want to spend the entire weekend in a smoky cellar. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 5 Jan. 2024
This has the structure and depth of fruit to cellar for another 10-20 years. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 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 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


circa 1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cellar was in the 13th century

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“Cellar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellar. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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