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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English celer, seler, from Anglo-Norman celer, Old French celier (modern cellier), from Late Latin cellārium, from Latin cella. Doublet of cellarium.


cellar (plural cellars)

  1. An enclosed underground space, often under a building, used for storage or shelter.
  2. A wine collection, especially when stored in a cellar.
  3. (slang) Last place in a league or competition.
  4. (Boston) A basement.
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cellar (third-person singular simple present cellars, present participle cellaring, simple past and past participle cellared)

  1. (transitive) To store in a cellar.
    • 2008 June 25, Lucy Burningham, “Beer Lovers Make Room for Brews Worth a Wait”, in New York Times[1]:
      Mr. VandenBerghe says he’s cellared such memorable bottles as the Batch 1 Adam from Hair of the Dog, a 14-year-old ale from Portland, Ore., that’s 10 percent alcohol, and the Trappistes Rochefort 10, a Quadrupel Belgian ale that peaks around age 10.

Etymology 2[edit]

From 15th Century English saler, from French salière, from Latin salarius (relating to salt), from Latin sal (salt).


cellar (plural cellars)

  1. salt cellar
  2. (historical) A small dish for holding salt.