bottle 1[bot-l] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for bottle on noun

  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 1 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 bottle 2[bot-l] noun Architecture.

  1. boltel(def 2).

Related Words for bottle vial, glass, urn, jar, jug, ewer, flask, soldier, decanter, canteen, flagon, cruet, phial, carafe Examples from the Web for bottle Contemporary Examples of bottle

  • Nothing does it quite like deftly decapitating a bottle of bubbly with a gleaming blade.

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  • That means that Champagne is fermented a second time in the bottle when sealed closed, which naturally produces the bubbles.

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  • If you need to store the bottle in the fridge, let it warm up for a few minutes on the counter before serving.

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  • I get the bottle while he opens a desk drawer containing two glasses.

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  • One evening, after guzzling a bottle of whiskey, Stapp said he grabbed two MP5 machine guns from his collection.

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  • Historical Examples of bottle

  • Perhaps my father might have put that in a bottle also at a later date.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Also you will bury a bottle containing report of your proceedings.

    Explorations in Australia

    John Forrest

  • His only nourishment was milk, drawn from a bottle through a quill.

    A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion

    William Dobein James

  • Kingozi dropped that bottle into his side pocket with a sigh of relief.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • “I remember now something you said when you broke the bottle of pilocarpin,” he said slowly.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • British Dictionary definitions for bottle bottle 1 noun

      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

    See also bottle out, bottle up Word Origin for bottle C14: from Old French botaille, from Medieval Latin butticula literally: a little cask, from Late Latin buttis cask, butt 4 bottle 2 noun

    1. dialect a bundle, esp of hay

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

    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.

    Idioms and Phrases with bottle bottle

    In addition to the idiom beginning with bottle

  • bottle up
  • also see:

  • crack a bottle
  • hit the bottle
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