- any of several Old World, coniferous trees of the genus Cedrus, having wide, spreading branches.Compare cedar of Lebanon.
- any of various junipers, as the red cedar, Juniperus virginiana, of the cypress family, having reddish-brown bark and dark-blue, berrylike fruit.
- any of various other coniferous trees.Compare incense cedar, white cedar.
- any of several trees belonging to the genus Cedrela, of the mahogany family, as the Spanish cedar.
- Also called cedarwood. the fragrant wood of any of these trees, used in furniture and as a moth repellent.
Origin of cedar
Examples from the Web for cedar
Without overshadowing his talented counterparts, Cedar commands the stage with a meticulous mix of stoicism and candor.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)
October 26, 2014
I was there at one of the first gigs by Julian Casablancas and the Voidz at SXSW, in Cedar Street Courtyard.Julian Casablancas Enters the Void: On the Strokes’ Friction, Why He Left NYC, and Starting Over
October 9, 2014
Marianne Stewart of Cedar Falls needed repeated prodding to recall that she had caucused for Santorum.
The memory came more quickly for her friend, Jan Mundt, formerly of Cedar Falls and now of Florida.
It also remains unclear whether traditional practices such as aging tobacco in cedar or other woods might run afoul of the ban.Will the Nanny State Target Cigars Next?
May 8, 2014
She was conveyed to the palace in a cedar carriage, carefully screened from observation.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The night wind was balmy, and there was a fragrance of cedar in its breath.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
As we entered the shed chamber the lid of the cedar trunk rose.The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
I have seen a raft built of cedar logs and cedar bark ropes in an hour.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Until to-morrow night, then, blinded and bewildered with holly and cedar let me be!Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
- any Old World coniferous tree of the genus Cedrus, having spreading branches, needle-like evergreen leaves, and erect barrel-shaped cones: family PinaceaeSee also cedar of Lebanon, deodar
- any of various other conifers, such as the red cedars and white cedars
- the wood of any of these trees
- any of certain other plants, such as the Spanish cedar
- made of the wood of a cedar tree
Word Origin and History for cedar
Old English ceder, blended in Middle English with Old French cedre, both from Latin cedrus, from Greek kedros "cedar, juniper," origin uncertain. Cedar oil was used by the Egyptians in embalming as a preservative against decay and the word for it was used figuratively for "immortality" by the Romans. Cedar chest attested from 1722. Related: Cedrine.