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cellar

A cellar is a basic, unfinished basement. In a very old house, the cellar might have stone walls and a rough dirt floor.

Your cellar might basically be a basement, a place you keep your tools and do your laundry. Some cellars have specific purposes, including a storm cellar, where you take cover during a tornado or other storm, and a root cellar, where you store potatoes and other root vegetables during the cold months of the year. This kind of cellar comes the closest to the meaning of the Latin root, cellarium: "pantry or storeroom."

Definitions of cellar
  1. noun
    the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage
    synonyms: basement
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    types:
    cellarage
    a storage area in a cellar
    type of:
    floor, level, storey, story
    a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale
  2. noun
    an excavation where root vegetables are stored
    synonyms: root cellar
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    type of:
    excavation
    a hole in the ground made by excavating
    storage space
    the area in any structure that provides space for storage
  3. noun
    storage space where wines are stored
    synonyms: wine cellar
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    type of:
    storage space
    the area in any structure that provides space for storage
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