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[sel-er] /ˈsɛl ər/
a room, or set of rooms, for the storage of food, fuel, etc., wholly or partly underground and usually beneath a building.
an underground room or story.
Sports. the lowest position in a group ranked in order of games won:
The team was in the cellar for most of the season.
verb (used with object)
to place or store in a cellar.
Origin of cellar
1175-1225; Middle English celer < Anglo-French < Latin cellārium storeroom, equivalent to cell(a) cell1 + -ārium -ary; later respelling to reflect Latin form; see -er2, -ar2
Related forms
cellarless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cellar
  • IF there's anything more intimidating than shopping for wine, it's shopping for a wine cellar.
  • One evening the family is at supper, and one of the children is sent down cellar to draw a pitcher of beer from the cask.
  • You'd have trouble seeing a picture in a coal cellar.
  • The hosts are expected to offer their unexpected guests a feast from all the food in the cellar and pantry.
  • Order from celebrated menus and an extensive wine cellar.
  • For example, imagine you and your neighbors are hiding in a cellar from marauding enemy soldiers.
  • The geek's kitchen counter is covered with seed trays, the cellar full of tubers, the refrigerator packed with bulbs.
  • The bottles in the cellar still tasted buttery and delicious on the whole, but a few were beginning to turn as well.
  • His leg made it difficult to carry boxes of cranberries down to the cellar where they were graded and preserved.
  • Elser attended the festivities, took note of the cellar's layout, and was surprised to realize that security was lax.
British Dictionary definitions for cellar


an underground room, rooms, or storey of a building, usually used for storage Compare basement
a place where wine is stored
a stock of bottled wines
(transitive) to store in a cellar
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French, from Latin cellārium food store, from cellacella
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Word Origin and History for cellar

early 13c., "store room," from Anglo-French celer, Old French celier "cellar, underground passage" (12c., Modern French cellier), from Latin cellarium "pantry, storeroom," literally "group of cells;" which is either directly from cella (see cell), or from noun use of neuter of adjective cellarius "pertaining to a storeroom," from cella. The sense in late Middle English gradually shifted to "underground room." Cellar door attested by 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cellar in the Bible

a subterranean vault (1 Chr. 27:28), a storehouse. The word is also used to denote the treasury of the temple (1 Kings 7:51) and of the king (14:26). The Hebrew word is rendered "garner" in Joel 1:17, and "armoury" in Jer. 50:25.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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