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  1. a portable container for holding liquids, characteristically having a neck and mouth and made of glass or plastic.
  2. the contents of such a container; as much as such a container contains: a bottle of wine.
  3. bottled cow's milk, milk formulas, or substitute mixtures given to infants instead of mother's milk: raised on the bottle.
  4. the bottle, intoxicating beverages; liquor: He became addicted to the bottle.
verb (used with object), bot·tled, bot·tling.
  1. to put into or seal in a bottle: to bottle grape juice.
  2. British. to preserve (fruit or vegetables) by heating to a sufficient temperature and then sealing in a jar.
Verb Phrases
  1. bottle up,
    1. to repress, control, or restrain: He kept all of his anger bottled up inside him.
    2. to enclose or entrap: Traffic was bottled up in the tunnel.
  1. hit the bottle, Slang. to drink alcohol to excess often or habitually.

Origin of bottle

1325–75; Middle English botel < Anglo-French; Old French bo(u)teille < Medieval Latin butticula, equivalent to Late Latin butti(s) butt4 + -cula -cule1
Related formsbot·tle·like, adjectivewell-bot·tled, adjective


noun Architecture.
  1. boltel(def 2). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bottle

vial, glass, urn, jar, jug, ewer, flask, soldier, decanter, canteen, flagon, cruet, phial, carafe

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British Dictionary definitions for bottle


    1. a vessel, often of glass and typically cylindrical with a narrow neck that can be closed with a cap or cork, for containing liquids
    2. (as modifier)a bottle rack
  1. Also called: bottleful the amount such a vessel will hold
    1. a container equipped with a teat that holds a baby's milk or other liquid; nursing bottle
    2. the contents of such a containerthe baby drank his bottle
  2. short for magnetic bottle
  3. British slang nerve; courage (esp in the phrase lose one's bottle)
  4. British slang money collected by street entertainers or buskers
  5. full bottle Australian slang well-informed and enthusiastic about something
  6. the bottle informal drinking of alcohol, esp to excess
verb (tr)
  1. to put or place (wine, beer, jam, etc) in a bottle or bottles
  2. to store (gas) in a portable container under pressure
  3. slang to injure by thrusting a broken bottle into (a person)
  4. British slang (of a busker) to collect money from the bystanders

Word Origin for bottle

C14: from Old French botaille, from Medieval Latin butticula literally: a little cask, from Late Latin buttis cask, butt 4


  1. dialect a bundle, esp of hay

Word Origin for bottle

C14: from Old French botel, from botte bundle, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for bottle

mid-14c., originally of leather, from Old French boteille (12c., Modern French bouteille), from Vulgar Latin butticula, diminutive of Late Latin buttis "a cask," which is perhaps from Greek. The bottle, figurative for "liquor," is from 17c.


1640s, from bottle (n.). Related: Bottled; bottling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with bottle


In addition to the idiom beginning with bottle

  • bottle up

also see:

  • crack a bottle
  • hit the bottle
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