noun, often attributive
bot·​tle | \ ˈbä-tᵊl How to pronounce bottle (audio) \

Definition of bottle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a rigid or semirigid container typically of glass or plastic having a comparatively narrow neck or mouth and usually no handle
b : a usually bottle-shaped container made of skin for storing a liquid
2 : the quantity held by a bottle
3a : intoxicating drink : the practice of drinking slipped deeper and deeper into the bottle— Anne Bernays
b : liquid food (such as milk) used in place of mother's milk
4 British slang : mettle, courage


bottled; bottling\ ˈbä-​tᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce bottle (audio) , ˈbät-​liŋ \

Definition of bottle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to confine as if in a bottle : restrain usually used with up bottling up their anger
b : to put or keep in a position or situation that makes free activity, progress, or escape difficult or impossible usually used with up bottle up legislation in committee
2 : to put into or as if into a bottle wished she could bottle their energy

Other Words from bottle


bottleful \ ˈbä-​tᵊl-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce bottle (audio) \ noun


bottler \ ˈbä-​tᵊl-​ər How to pronounce bottle (audio) , ˈbät-​lər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bottle

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

  • nonintoxicant
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Examples of bottle in a Sentence

Noun We drank a bottle of wine. He says he's lost too many years to the bottle, and that he's giving up alcohol. Her struggles with the bottle affected her entire family. Has the baby finished her bottle yet? raised on a bottle instead of breast milk Verb The restaurant bottles its own ginger ale. Near the top of the mountain, the climbers relied on bottled oxygen to breathe. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Representatives for Tyson had said Townsend was acting in an aggressive manner, harassing Tyson before throwing a water bottle at him while he was seated. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Townsend has denied throwing a water bottle at Tyson. Cheri Mossburg, CNN, 10 May 2022 Rubenacker also swung a water bottle at a police officer’s helmet and smoked marijuana inside the Capitol, according to prosecutors, who are seeking a 46-month prison sentence for Rubenacker. Anna Kaplan, Forbes, 7 May 2022 Customers will get to enjoy special 1970′s prices on items, like a bottle of Coca-Cola for a dime, or a cup of coffee for 40 cents. William Thornton |, al, 5 May 2022 Your best bet is to get a water filter and a cute reusable water bottle — some even have filters built-in! Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 3 May 2022 Shortly afterward, Kilgore received a water-bottle shower from his first-place Eagles and a banner commemorating the 400th victory. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 3 May 2022 Cox said that the nonprofit also plans to fundraise in the near future, raising money for things like a water bottle refilling station and a station where people could air up their tires or use tools to make minor bike repairs. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 2 May 2022 Four high school students have designed a desalinating water bottle. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The requirement to bottle sherry in Spain was only introduced in the early 1980s. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Note: To keep the beer or soda water extra-cold, put a refrigerated can or bottle in a large bowl of ice water 1 hour before using. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 Mar. 2022 Noel has perfected the capacity to bottle up culture and glamour combined with sensuality, thanks to her Grenadian roots. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 1 Apr. 2022 Garrett, a Black comedian in Dallas, recalled his family members forcing him to bottle up his emotions during his mother’s funeral in 2008. NBC News, 29 Mar. 2022 Tennessee is one of the better half court defensive teams in the country, and managed to bottle up the left-handed Van Lith, who shot just 7 for 21 in the game. New York Times, 26 Mar. 2022 The Cowboys can take a number of different approaches with their pass rush to bottle up Hurts. Nick Kehoe, Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2021 The Bowmen entered the game ranked seventh in the OSAA preseason coaches poll, but the unranked Pacers leaned on an experienced defense that features nine returning starters to bottle up Sherwood’s offense. oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2021 The Russians ships did however help to bottle up the rusting Ukrainian fleet. David Axe, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bottle


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bottle


Middle English botel, from Old French botele, from Medieval Latin butticula, diminutive of Late Latin buttis cask

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More Definitions for bottle


bot·​tle | \ ˈbä-tᵊl How to pronounce bottle (audio) \

Kids Definition of bottle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a container (as of glass or plastic) usually having a narrow neck and mouth and no handle
2 : the quantity held by a bottle I drank the whole bottle.


bottled; bottling

Kids Definition of bottle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put into a bottle
2 : to shut up as if in a bottle She bottles up her feelings.


noun, often attributive
bot·​tle | \ ˈbät-ᵊl How to pronounce bottle (audio) \

Medical Definition of bottle

1 : a rigid or semirigid container typically of glass or plastic having a comparatively narrow neck or mouth and usually no handle — see wash bottle
2 : liquid food usually consisting of milk and supplements that is fed from a bottle (as to an infant) in place of mother's milk

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