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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: bouteille, from Medieval Latin butticula, from Late Latin buttis 'wooden container for liquid'


1 noun
Related topics: Utensils, Babies, Measurement
bot‧tle1 S1 W2
1 [countable]DFU a container with a narrow top for keeping liquids in, usually made of plastic or glass:
an empty bottle
bottle of
a bottle of champagne
2 [countable] also bottlefulTM the amount of liquid that a bottle contains:
Between us, we drank three bottles of wine.
3 [countable]DHB a container for babies to drink from, with a rubber part on top that they suck, or the milk contained in this bottle:
My first baby just wouldn't take a bottle at all.

the bottle

DFDMI alcoholic drink - used when talking about the problems drinking can cause:
Peter let the bottle ruin his life.
hit the bottle (=regularly drink too much)
She was under a lot of stress, and started hitting the bottle.
be on the bottle British English (=be drinking lot of alcohol regularly)
5 [uncountable] British English informal courage to do something that is dangerous or unpleasant [= nerve]:
I never thought she'd have the bottle to do it!

bring a bottle

British English bring your own bottle American EnglishDFDDL used when you invite someone to an informal party to tell them that they should bring their own bottle of alcoholic drink

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