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cellar

[sel-er]
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noun
  1. a room, or set of rooms, for the storage of food, fuel, etc., wholly or partly underground and usually beneath a building.
  2. an underground room or story.
  3. wine cellar.
  4. Sports. the lowest position in a group ranked in order of games won: The team was in the cellar for most of the season.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to place or store in a cellar.
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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 formscel·lar·less, adjective
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Related Words for cellar

vault, apartment, basement, subbasement, subterrane

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Contemporary Examples of cellar

Historical Examples of cellar

  • Don't you think I might find some stored away in the cellar, for instance?

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Some of your money is hidden away in the cellar, I'm thinking.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He says he sat on the cellar steps most of the time and thought of the happy past.

  • She went and came only through the cellar, and knew no other entrance.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • But the mother was with the little body lying alone in the cellar.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for cellar

cellar

noun
  1. an underground room, rooms, or storey of a building, usually used for storageCompare basement
  2. a place where wine is stored
  3. a stock of bottled wines
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verb
  1. (tr) to store in a cellar
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Word Origin for cellar

C13: from Anglo-French, from Latin cellārium food store, from cella cella
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Word Origin and History for cellar

n.

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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