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 slang, British : 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The kit comes with a 10-ounce ceramic bottle and a plate that are both dishwasher and microwave-safe. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Oct. 2021 By the end of World War II, thousands of veterans were eligible to open the bottle eventually. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021 In the melee at the clinic, a nurse was struck in the head by a bottle and two police officers suffered bruises, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported. Frances D'emelio, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Oct. 2021 And in those days the water was in a bright-green glass bottle. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2021 The Kristof’s cider will be available for $10 a bottle at local retail locations, including The Place in Southeast Portland. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 For people who want to just eat and drink outdoors, sans brand engagement, there will be food trucks and more than a dozen local wineries pouring wines by the glass and bottle. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Oct. 2021 Many are gifts from fans, but there's one bottle in particular that holds a special place in her heart. Tristan Balagtas,, 8 Oct. 2021 And after everything, just spotting a Roxx bottle on shelves makes her smile. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The annual Enfield Loaves & Fishes can and bottle drive is underway and will close on Oct. 31., 7 Oct. 2021 But Biovac will only bottle the vaccine, which does not necessitate sharing the formula., 22 Sep. 2021 This, to some critics, signaled that Rooney had figured out how to bottle and sell the specific charms and pathologies of a generation. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, 2 Sep. 2021 On an onstage screen, videos showed five sopranos in various settings — walking in the woods; bottle feeding a baby at home; floating in a swimming pool — while lip-synching along with their prerecorded tracks. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2021 Industrial robots were programmed to tend and bottle feed human babies. Damon Johnstun, oregonlive, 31 Aug. 2021 Once officers got the door open, a tearful Nicki can be seen holding her baby while an officer cooled Sanaiya down with a frozen water bottle her mother always keeps inside the car on hot days. Fox News, 20 Aug. 2021 Proudly considering itself a farm to bottle rum, its hand harvested, pressed to juice, and then distilled resulting in delightful pure cane rums. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Bath and Body Works should bottle the aroma that filled my house as vanilla commingled with the fruit. Mehreen Karim, Bon Appétit, 20 July 2021

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bottle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a glass or plastic container that has a narrow neck and usually has no handle
: the amount contained in a bottle
: alcoholic drink



English Language Learners Definition of bottle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (something) into a bottle so that it can be sold or so that it is easier to use
: to put (fruit or vegetables) in a jar using a special procedure that preserves them


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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