cellar

Definitions

  • Cellarer Coating a Jar With Pitch
    Cellarer Coating a Jar With Pitch
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cellar the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage
    • n cellar storage space where wines are stored
    • n cellar an excavation where root vegetables are stored
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'I got these easily from the cellar.'" "'I got these easily from the cellar.'"
This is the cellar of her home This is the cellar of her home
In an old Roman cellar In an old Roman cellar
RUINS OF A CELLAR, BELVIDERE RUINS OF A CELLAR, BELVIDERE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Mount Vesuvius erupted in in the year 79, over 2,000 citizens of Pompeii ran into their cellars to wait until everything had ended. Excavators found them still there 1,800 years later.
    • n Cellar A room or rooms under a building, and usually below the surface of the ground, where provisions and other stores are kept.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cellar A room under a house or other building, either wholly or partly under ground, not adapted for habitation, but for the storage of provisions, wine, lumber, fuel, etc. In some of the overcrowded parts of large towns, however, cellars are converted into habitations for people of the poorest classes.
    • n cellar A receptacle or case for bottles.
    • cellar Of or pertaining to a cell; cellular: as, cellar walls.
    • n cellar See celure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cellar sel′ar any underground room or vault: a cell underground, where stores are kept, esp. wine, &c
    • v.t Cellar to store in a cellar
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Quotations

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    “I told my wife that a husband is like a fine wine; he gets better with age. The next day, she locked me in the cellar.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. celer, OF. celier, F. celier, fr. L. cellarium, a receptacle for food, pantry, fr. cella, storeroom. See Cell

Usage

In literature:

He was not surprised to find that it was not a well, after all, but a cellar.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
Once he fancied that he heard the cellar stairs creak under a heavy tread.
"The Cabin on the Prairie" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
I thought of the cellars, but it did not seem that I could make one of them do in any way.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
One morning, after having been carefully locked in the cellar the night before, he did not respond to the little girl's call from the doors.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Deposit the cream-pot in a very cold cellar, unless the dairy itself is sufficiently cold.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
It is often found in hot-houses and cellars.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
In the front part of this cellar we had our shop; in the rear, our home.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
But she found them afterwards in the cellar.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
Interior cellar-drains 51 7.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
Maybe it has a cellar.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
The huge cellar was dusky in the dim light that entered through the cobwebbed panes, high in the wall.
"Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective" by Ellis Parker Butler
One day she accompanied me upon some household errand into the cellar of the old building which our poverty compelled us to inhabit.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
The printer murmured 'Eat,' and set a great pewter salt-cellar, carved like a Flemish pikeman, a foot high, heavily upon the cloth.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
Thirty-five thousand people living in cellars!
"The Claims of Labour an essay on the duties of the employers to the employed" by Arthur Helps
This, I perceived, led to a cellar.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
My stomach hath small liking for thy cellars.
"The Fifth of November" by Charles S. Bentley
At the far end rose a winding staircase, and under it a door to the cellar.
"The Exploits of Juve" by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain
They were lined with dugouts, cellars, and caves.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
They stumbled up the cellar steps, their eyes growing gradually used to the semi-darkness.
"The Boarded-Up House" by Augusta Huiell Seaman
Let him get in at the window he got out of and so go up the cellar stairs and open the door for us.
"The Auto Boys' Mystery" by James A. Braden
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In poetry:

And it grew, and it grew,
Till it could grow no taller;
Then Mr. Finney took it up
And put it in the cellar.
"Mr. Finney's Turnip" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Down in a cellar cottage
In a dark and lonely street,
Was sat a widow and her boy,
With nothing left to eat.
"Who Cares?" by John Hartley
From the corn field and the factory,
To the coal-belt's hollow zone;
From the cellars of the city,
To the mountain's quarried stone.
"Our Warning" by Ernest Jones
(I have watched them come bright girls
Out of the rising sun, with curls)
The stair is tall the cellar deep
The wind coughs in the halls
"The Robber Bridegroom" by Allen Tate
The beggarly crowd in a hovel,
The cellar to which he was led;
How, started, the candle-flame guttered,
When Lazarus rose from the dead…
"Bad Days" by Boris Pasternak
Now FREDDY'S operatic PAS -
Now JOHNNY'S hornpipe seems entrapping:
Now FREDDY'S graceful ENTRECHATS -
Now JOHNNY'S skilful "cellar-flapping."
"John and Freddy" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

The Downtown skyline as seen from the Wine Cellar's front door has evolved quite a bit since the Southbank restaurant first opened in 1974.
Transform Your Basement Into A Wine Cellar.
Champagne is served up after the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, in the Italy pavilion at Epcot, Tuesday, May 1, 2012.
Tulalip couple dug down into earth, creativity for 1,200-bottle wine cellar.
Restaurant R'Evolution gives sneak peek of bar and wine cellar.
My first wine cellar was a lame attempt no matter how you looked at it.
Go Red at Savvy Wine Cellar.
Wine & dine in 100 yr old wine cellar.
Calas Bistro & Wine Cellar.
Curtis and Joseph called me within a day to provide me with an estimate on a wine cellar.
A future leading to working with children would be a natural connection for Mikela Cellar.
Over 1,000 pounds of zinfandel grapes bound for Rosenblum Cellars were stolen in the middle of the night from an Oakley vineyard.
Anam Cara Cellars dry riesling.
The Salt Cellar in Portsmouth sells salt in all kinds of forms.
Jennifer Crompton takes us to Portsmouth's Salt Cellar.
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