Alternative formsEdit


Etymology 1Edit

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.
Derived termsEdit


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 2Edit

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.