Cellar



a room, or set of rooms, for the storage of food, fuel, etc., wholly or partly underground and usually beneath a building.
an underground room or story.
wine cellar.
Sports. the lowest position in a group ranked in order of games won:
The team was in the cellar for most of the season.
to place or store in a cellar.
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noun
an underground room, rooms, or storey of a building, usually used for storage Compare basement
a place where wine is stored
a stock of bottled wines
verb
(transitive) to store in a 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.

a subterranean vault (1 Chr. 27:28), a storehouse. The word is also used to denote the treasury of the temple (1 Kings 7:51) and of the king (14:26). The Hebrew word is rendered “garner” in Joel 1:17, and “armoury” in Jer. 50:25.

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