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sub·​cel·​lar ˈsəb-ˌse-lər How to pronounce subcellar (audio)
variants or sub-cellar
: located below a cellar
the subcellar stairwell


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variants or sub-cellar
plural subcellars or sub-cellars
: a cellar that is below another cellar : subbasement
The owner … hired the architect … to design and build a four-story building, with a raised basement and a subcellarAlbert Amateau
… the institute's … vault, the subcellar archive with no windows …Donald Antrim

Examples of subcellar in a Sentence

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The Basilica of San Clemente near the Colosseum preserves a mithraeum in its subcellar, but the more interesting sanctuary at the Circus Maximus is only (and rarely) open for group tours. David Laskin Martin Pauer, New York Times, 1 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1845, in the meaning defined above


1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subcellar was in 1838

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“Subcellar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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