Definition of pottle in English:


Line breaks: pot¦tle
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒt(ə)l


  • 1 archaic A measure for liquids equal to a half gallon.
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    • The bird was then pounded in a mortar, distilled with a lot of sack - a pottle was half a gallon, or four pints - and the milk.
    • In 1639 an English consumer paid one penny for a pottle of milk.
    • The recipe in ‘Proper newe’ calls for eight eggs and a pottle of cream.
  • 2 archaic A small conical punnet for strawberries or other fruit.
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    • In this case, Herbert is carrying a pottle of strawberries, so the basket reference is probably the correct one.
    • When you purchase a pottle take care, disreputable vendors often stuff the bottom with paper or overripe berries.
  • 2.1NZ A small plastic or cardboard food container: a pottle of apricot yogurt
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    • Once I move a little way away from the fresh produce, however, and into the cans, bottles, pottles, plastics, and packets, ‘buying local’ becomes much more difficult.
    • As I dry the last of the ex-takeaway plastic pottles, I'm entranced by the effort required to eat without hands.
    • Possibly earlier if an additional 6.3 million pottles of yoghurt are eaten for breakfast.


Middle English (in sense 1): from Old French potel 'little pot', diminutive of pot.

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