Definition of bodega in English:


Syllabification: bo·de·ga
Pronunciation: /bōˈdāgə


  • 1A small grocery store, especially in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood.
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    • Johnson smoked American Spirits, and Melissa hadn't seen a bodega or smoke shop since arriving in the afterworld.
    • Both brands outsell American coffee in Miami-Dade County and are sold nationwide in bodegas and many supermarkets.
    • Exit the highway, and just over the hill are pre-World War II apartment buildings, bodegas, tire repair shops, and other small neighborhood businesses.
  • 1.1A wine shop or wine cellar.
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    • Four classes of sherry bodega are recognized by the Consejo Regulador.
    • The grotto occupies the basements of two former bodegas on a dimly lit stretch of Ludlow Street, just above Delancey Street.
    • Stopping at the little Cuban bodega on the strip, he bought himself some expresso to go and opted for a long walk along the surf to clear his mind.


mid 19th century: from Spanish, via Latin from Greek apothēkē 'storehouse'. Compare with apothecary, boutique.

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