[ boh-dey-guh; Spanish baw-th e-gah ]
/ boʊˈdeɪ gə; Spanish bɔˈðɛ gɑ /

noun, plural bo·de·gas [boh-dey-guh z; Spanish baw-th e-gahs] /boʊˈdeɪ gəz; Spanish bɔˈðɛ gɑs/.

(especially among Spanish-speaking Americans) a grocery store.
a wineshop.
a warehouse for storing or aging wine.

Nearby words

  1. bodaciously,
  2. bodansky unit,
  3. bodanzky,
  4. bode,
  5. bode's law,
  6. bodement,
  7. bodenheim,
  8. bodenheim, maxwell,
  9. bodensee,
  10. bodge

Origin of bodega

< American Spanish, Spanish < Latin apothēca storehouse; see apothecary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bodega


/ (bəʊˈdiːɡə, Spanish boˈðeɣa) /


a shop selling wine and sometimes groceries, esp in a Spanish-speaking country

Word Origin for bodega

C19: from Spanish, ultimately from Greek apothēkē storehouse, from apotithenai to store, put away

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Word Origin and History for bodega



1848, from Mexican Spanish, from Spanish bodega "a wine shop; cellar," from Latin apotheca, from Greek apotheke "depot, store" (see apothecary). The same word as boutique.

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