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

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 On Saturday and Sunday, a few hundred people were visiting the underground kitchen, cellar and florist rooms. Sylvie Corbet, Fox News, "Hidden underground world below French president put on view," 15 Sep. 2018 Once complete, the mansion will include 11 bedrooms, five living rooms/lounges, a huge ballroom, a walk-in wine room and large whiskey cellar, according to their documents. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "This is how Jeff Bezos will renovate his $23M mansion in D.C.," 24 Apr. 2018 Reservations for a meal and a tour of the cellars can be made online, but the vineyard is only open to visitors Wednesdays through Saturdays, from April 26 to November 10. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Way to Experience Austria's Wine Country Is By Bike," 7 Sep. 2018 That’s frustrating to Democrats, who feel in their bones that his numbers should be in the cellar. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "What the 2018 results tell us about 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 The three bottles, which have been kept in a cellar, are the last of that vintage owned by the family. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Last Three Bottles of a French Family's 1774 Wine Are Up for Auction," 10 May 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


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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