Definition of bottle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbädl/


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1A container, typically made of glass or plastic and with a narrow neck, used for storing drinks or other liquids: a bottle of soda pop
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  • Do not store poisons in drink bottles, glasses, or jars.
  • Fans inside the Arena had started pelting each other with plastic beer glasses and bottles, and the concert was temporarily halted.
  • She did as she was told and trotted off into the kitchen and she looked around for a glass bottle containing a colorless liquid.
carafe, flask, decanter, canteen, vessel, pitcher, flagon, magnum, carboy, demijohn
1.1The contents of a bottle: he managed to put away a bottle of wine
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  • For example, the alcoholic content of a bottle of wine must be indicated and also its origin and where the wine was bottled.
  • You can check this by sampling a bottle of Bollinger's Vieilles Vignes (ungrafted old vines) against a bottle made from their grafted vines.
  • It being the longest day of the year, I suppose I should have been celebrating some arcane shamanic ritual, but I just put my foot up and finished the remains of a bottle of schnapps.
1.2 (the bottle) informal Used in reference to heavy drinking: more women are taking to the bottle
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  • As a result, the villagers turn to the bottle, drinking to forget how dreary their lives are.
  • Reading the Government's plans to liberalise the licensing laws could be enough to make anybody turn to the bottle.
  • The minimum age of boys taking to the bottle in The State has fallen to as low as 13.5 years.
1.3A bottle fitted with a nipple for giving milk or other drinks to babies and very young children: a bottle of formula
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  • Sadly, Andre seems to be sick and won't even drink milk from a bottle.
  • Her theory is that the patient must wear diapers, suck his thumb and drink from a baby bottle to be cured.
  • They will generally signal an interest in solid foods by biting the bottle nipple or showing an interest in licking milk or formula from a finger.
1.4A large metal cylinder holding liquefied gas.
Example sentences
  • We were in a metal box with gas bottles, connected to an electrical hook-up point.


[with object]
1Place (drinks or other liquid) in bottles or jars: the wine is then bottled (as adjective bottled) bottled beer
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  • Even today many no longer drink tap water; bottled mineral water is the fashion.
  • Children who drink bottled water may be putting their teeth at risk because they are missing out on fluoride in their tap water, researchers claim.
  • Only children living in nonfluoridated areas or children who drink only nonfluoridated bottled water should receive supplements.
1.1 (usually as adjective bottled) Store (gas) in a container in liquefied form: connecting the bottled gas to the stove
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  • The company is run from premises on Tennyson Street, where the gas is bottled and distributed.
  • So, the Leader of the Opposition, V.S. Achutanandan, may have hit the nail on the head when he said that we might even see air being bottled and sold eventually.
  • With holds up to 35 feet off the deck, Iowa residents may want to consider bottled oxygen.


hit the bottle

informal Begin to drink heavily.
Example sentences
  • She suffered from manic depression, and when she died after a long illness, Bellany - always fond of the drink - hit the bottle with venom.
  • ‘It was like an alcoholic hitting the bottle again,’ Raihala said.
  • The significant jump in the number of women who are dying from alcohol-related illness proves that more and more women are hitting the bottle.

Phrasal verbs


bottle someone up

Keep (someone) trapped or contained: he had to stay bottled up in New York
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  • David Brennan was bottled up in the right corner but managed to get the ball back across the goal.
  • Alongside him, Denis Glennon drifted outfield but Dublin bottled him up wherever he went, limiting him to just a point.
  • Not only did the injury keep him out of five games, it also forced him to take on too many offensive linemen when making plays, and he was bottled up in the process.

bottle something up

Repress or conceal feelings over a period of time: learning how to express anger instead of bottling it up (as adjective bottled up) Lily’s bottled-up fury
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  • When he was irritated, he swallowed it down and bottled it up, and even when he had little reason to be so, he would still always be polite to those who didn't deserve it.
  • You can't hide your true feelings, because if you bottle them up then they will get out somehow.
  • It's often a huge relief to children to have this silence broken and able to share their thoughts and feelings instead of bottling them up.
suppress, repress, restrain, withhold, hold in, rein in, inhibit, smother, stifle, contain, conceal, hide, cork, keep a lid on


Late Middle English (denoting a leather bottle): from Old French boteille, from medieval Latin butticula, diminutive of late Latin buttis 'cask, wineskin' (see butt4).

  • The word bottle goes back to Latin buttis ‘cask, wineskin’, the origin of butt (Late Middle English) and also of butler (Middle English) originally the man in charge of the wine-cellar. To have a lot of bottle and the related phrases to lose your bottle and to bottle out, meaning ‘to lose your nerve’, date back to the 1950s. ‘Bottle’ here may be from rhyming slang bottle and glass, ‘arse’.

Words that rhyme with bottle

axolotl, dottle, glottal, mottle, pottle, throttle, wattle

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bot·tle

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