- 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.
- wine cellar.
- Sports. the lowest position in a group ranked in order of games won: The team was in the cellar for most of the season.
- to place or store in a cellar.
Origin of cellar
Examples from the Web for cellar
Contemporary Examples of cellar
Titanic returned to the cellar, shot the dead rat, and brought it back to the table with him.Portrait of the Consummate Con Man
May 17, 2014
“Visually, the cellar was not an especially dramatic site,” he said.Destroying the Bull’s Head, the New York Tavern Washington Visited
January 6, 2014
At Isigny Sainte-Mère, the mites were first introduced in the cellar over 70 years ago.
The cheese is held in a cellar for six weeks; during which time it forms mold on its surface.
Then it is placed in a second cellar for six, 12, or 18 months.
Historical Examples of cellar
Don't you think I might find some stored away in the cellar, for instance?
Some of your money is hidden away in the cellar, I'm thinking.
He says he sat on the cellar steps most of the time and thought of the happy past.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
She went and came only through the cellar, and knew no other entrance.
But the mother was with the little body lying alone in the cellar.
- an underground room, rooms, or storey of a building, usually used for storageCompare basement
- a place where wine is stored
- a stock of bottled wines
- (tr) to store in a cellar
Word Origin for cellar
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.