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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
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cellarless, adjective Unabridged
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  • What supports the cellar I never knew, but the cellar supports the family.

    Backlog Studies Charles Dudley Warner
  • Cut off these twigs and strike their roots with them, and the iron door of a cellar will open.

  • None of my protector's family seemed to have been aware of the guest in the cellar.

    With Fire and Sword Samuel H. M. Byers
  • Come along, Neal, down to the cellar, and let us get the cartridges.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • The cellar had made me pretty dirty, and I added some new daubs to my face.

    Prester John John Buchan
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.

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