bodega

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noun bo·de·ga \bō-ˈdā-gə\

Definition of bodega

  1. 1 :  a storehouse for maturing wine

  2. 2 a :  wineshop b (1) :  1bar 5a (2) :  barroom

  3. 3 :  a usually small grocery store in an urban area; specifically :  one specializing in Hispanic groceries

Apothecaries, bodegas, and boutiques

Apothecary, bodega, and boutique may not look very similar, but they are all related both in meaning and in origin. Each of these words can be traced back to a Latin word for “storehouse” (apotheca), and each one refers in English to a retail establishment of some sort. Although bodega initially meant “a storehouse for wine,” it now most commonly refers to a grocery store in an urban area, especially one that specializes in Hispanic groceries. Boutique has also taken on new meanings: its first sense in English (“a small retail store”) is still current, but it now may also denote “a small company that offers highly specialized products or services.” Of the three words, apothecary has changed the least; it has gone from referring solely to the person who sells drugs or medicines to also naming the store where such goods are sold.

Origin and Etymology of bodega

Spanish, from Latin apotheca storehouse — more at apothecary


First Known Use: 1846


Learn More about bodega

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of bodega


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