cellar

noun
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.

cellar

verb
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

basement

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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

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 Her neighbors describe her cellar as a private museum on American slavery and the black experience. Agaton Strom For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, "A Bedford-Stuyvesant Brownstone Houses the History of the Black Experience in America," 3 Mar. 2019 Don't miss the cellar St. Thomas Brewery Bar, located in the monastery's original brewery building, complete with 17th century stalactites and stalagmites. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 The After-Party & The After-After Party The newlyweds held a late-night party with a DJ in the castle’s cellar room. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Took Over a Small Town in Italy for Their Medieval-Inspired Wedding," 28 Feb. 2019 Almost entirely because of Hart’s stellar netminding, the onetime cellar-dwelling Flyers have won nine of 10 and suddenly are chasing a playoff spot after firing their general manager and coach. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Former Everett Silvertips goalie Carter Hart putting on one-man show to keep Philadelphia Flyers in playoff hunt," 11 Feb. 2019 One man called to have the wines in his cellar appraised but didn’t want to send Mr. Zacharia a list of his bottles, the standard procedure. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Is That Wine You’ve Been Hoarding Actually Valuable?," 17 Jan. 2019 And with this summer’s record-breaking heat wave, British winemakers are readying their cellars for the 2018 vintage. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kent Is Poised to Be the U.K.'s Napa Valley," 14 Sep. 2018 Housed in the 900-year-old cellars beneath an ultra-modern, minimalist structure designed by American architect Steven Holl, 11 rooms combine exhibits on art, history, and technology, all related to the region's best wines. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Way to Experience Austria's Wine Country Is By Bike," 7 Sep. 2018

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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

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cellar

Noun

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

noun

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.

cellar

noun
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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