Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CELLAR, n. “The best room in the house” (Cai.3 1930); the principal apartment in the house of a crofter. Ork. 1920 J. Firth Reminisc. Ork. Par. (1922) 12:
Beyond the mid-gable was the ben-end, which was reached through the cellar-door.
Cai. 1849 J. T. Calder St Mary's Fair 43:
Meantime from out the crowded barn retired, Snug in the “cellar” sit the married folks.

[Cf. O.N. salr (genitive salar), Norse sal, room, building consisting of only one room (Falk and Torp).]

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