1. A room or enclosed space used for storage, usually beneath the ground or under a building.
2. A basement.
3. An underground shelter, as from storms.
4. A wine cellar.
5. Slang The last place or lowest level, especially in competitive standings: The team came from the cellar to win the pennant.
tr.v. cel·lared, cel·lar·ing, cel·lars
To store in a cellar.
[Middle English celer, from Old French, from Late Latin cellārium, pantry, from Latin cella, storeroom; see kel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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