from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cellar beneath another story wholly or partly underground; usually, a cellar under a cellar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cellar beneath another cellar.


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  • It was really a kind of subcellar reached by a door at the back of the wine cellar.

    I’ll Walk Alone

  • The “21” Club of the speakeasy era, with its elaborately engineered system for destroying incriminating evidence in the depths of its subcellar, was best memorialized by a rumor originating in the 1950s, when the land directly behind 21 West Fifty-second Street was excavated for construction of a branch of the New York Public Library on Fifty-third Street.


  • “Not into a police court . . . but into whatever is in the subcellar under a police court.”


  • At one time the staff elevator could descend to this subcellar level.

    The Atlantis Prophecy

  • Bill Clinton's 60% approval rating should not have been a shield against impeachment any more than Dubya's subcellar ratings should be a reason to impeach (as if another reason were needed).

    Rebuttals to Reasons NOT to Impeach

  • They found a service elevator with an open shaft below and figured that, if desperate, they could rappel down into a subcellar and find a subway tunnel out.

    Sept.11 hero story

  • It had been dug out of the solid earth, and its existence evidently accounted for the heaps of dirt in the subcellar.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • At about thirty-five feet from the subcellar there was a sharp turn -- he thought at first it was the end of the tunnel -- then the passage straightened out again, and there was another fifteen or twenty feet, growing smaller and smaller as he went forward.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • There he found another door -- a door to the subcellar, standing open a scant few inches.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • And then straight back to the entrance of the subcellar he went.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

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