Meaning of “cellar” in the English Dictionary

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"cellar" in British English

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cellarnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsel.ər/ us /ˈsel.ɚ/

B2 a room under the ground floor of a building, usually used for storing things


  • He's got an impressively large store of wine in his cellar.
  • He led us down a small staircase into a dank, dark cellar.
  • We had to fumigate the cellar to get rid of cockroaches.
  • This house has a large cellar which is excellent for storage.
  • They cleared out the cellar and transformed it into a lovely playroom for the kids.

Examples from literature

  • Paul had gone down into the cellar and let the door fall behind him. 
  • Ten thousand pounds of powder are in these cellars. 
  • The cream should stand down cellar over night, after being scalded, that it may get perfectly cold. 
  • The currants are to be washed and squeezed in the usual way, and the juice placed in a stone or earthen vessel, and set away in a cool place in the cellar. 
  • Windows there were none in the cellar. 

(Definition of “cellar” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cellar" in American English

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cellarnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsel·ər/

a room under the ground floor of a building, esp. a house, that is usually used for storage

(Definition of “cellar” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)