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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Or homeowners may install rain barrels or even cisterns in their cellars to store storm water till the threat has passed. Cornelia Dean, New York Times, "‘We Cannot Save Everything’: A Historic Neighborhood Confronts Rising Seas," 8 July 2019 While in his compu-cellar, Massimo rages at the discovery of someone slipping past his firewalls not once, but twice! Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Penetration testing takes on new meaning when cyber meets Harlequin," 5 July 2019 Maison Rostang was awarded two stars by the Michelin 2019 guide for France and claims to have over 50,000 bottles in their cellar, including a bottle from 1839. Fox News, "French thieves steal over half a million dollars worth of vintage wines from Michelin restaurant: reports," 4 July 2019 Owned by the Eccles family, the cellar is open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays; noon-9 p.m. Sundays. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 Courtesy of a Pittsburgh Pirates losing streak that reached seven games on Thursday, Cincinnati had climbed out of the Central Division cellar and into fourth place for the first time since April 14. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds notes: Club no longer last in NL Central, thanks to Pittsburgh Pirates," 14 June 2019 And in a city where demand for basement extensions is rife, a large ready-dug beer cellar is another advantage. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "The Luxurious Second Life of Defunct English Pubs," 12 Sep. 2018 World's Best Chef Slovenia’s Soča Valley in an ideal destination for oenophiles looking to diversify their cellars. Alena Hadley, National Geographic, "Taste What's Cooking Across the Globe: 10 Edible Trips," 8 Apr. 2019 There’s very little of the unpredictability of what to expect from opponents playing out the string — save for a game at cellar-dwelling Ottawa — and plenty of meaningful games to keep the Lightning from getting complacent. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "Schedule helps Lightning keep focus after Presidents’ Trophy," 24 Mar. 2019

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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 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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