Dutch term – Kelder

A kelder is a cellar.

Kelders were usually used for cold storage, typically accessible from the kitchen. You can come across the term in estate inventories that list the contents of a house by room. Some modern houses have a kelderkast [cellar closet/cupboard] that is usually just storage under the stairs rather than a real cellar.

Cellar with preserves in jars. Credits: G.J. Dukker, collection Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, document 116.406 (CC-BY-SA)

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