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 Carey said investigators found a syringe used to administer medicine to children and a pill bottle used to mix liquid Tylenol and methadone together. Fox News, 19 Sep. 2022 This year a sweepstakes was announced which fans could enter instead of having to stand in line at the distillery to nab a bottle, as so many wind up doing. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 18 Sep. 2022 The victim, Medina, had a cellphone and a wine bottle in one hand and the other was empty. Steve Almasy, Andy Rose And Rebekah Riess, CNN, 17 Sep. 2022 In the end, the company founded the subsidiary CaneCo, hiring locals to cultivate different cane varietals and bringing the entire process, from field to bottle, in-house. Susannah Skiver Barton, Bon Appétit, 16 Sep. 2022 The debut of Shaw—sold for as little as $1.99 a bottle at Trader Joe’s and known as Two Buck Chuck—spawned a reverse snobbery: People boasted of finding a drinkable plonk for a pittance. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 The canvas’ surface is sculptural, with painting accents and affixed faux fur and bottle caps. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2022 Instead of using a large bowl, mixer, and scooper, use this dispenser bottle for your pancake batter. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 15 Sep. 2022 With a criminal trial looming, Cardi B accepted a no-jail plea deal from New York prosecutors Thursday and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges linked to a bottle-tossing brawl inside a Queens strip club four years ago. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 15 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This crafty gift idea couldn't be easier to bottle up. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 14 Sep. 2022 Unlike big dairies, which pool together thousands of gallons of milk, pasteurize it, bottle it at a big co-op, and sell to grocery stores, Tirrito Farm is a one-stop shop. Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2022 On defense in particular, the Longhorns did what few have done to Alabama in years: bottle up an offense that annually ranks among the best in the Bowl Subdivision. Editors, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2022 Prince Charles managed to bottle up summer at Highgrove House. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2022 The Bluetoothed woman didn’t look up when I was shown in with my plastic water bottle the size of a Ping-Pong ball. Seija Rankin, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2022 The club will bottle about 50 cases of Grand River Pinot Noir at 1 p.m. Club members should be around until 5 p.m. Marc Bona, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2022 Wineries have already struggled to get materials like glass and corks to bottle their wines. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Aug. 2022 This bourbon is also currently in barrels aging until ready to bottle. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 2022 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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