- 1 [countable] a glass or plastic container, usually round with straight sides and a narrow neck, used especially for storing liquids a wine/beer/milk bottle Put the top back on the bottle.
[countable] (also bottleful BrE BrE//ˈbɒtlfʊl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːtlfʊl//) the amount contained in a bottle He drank a whole bottle of wine.
- 3the bottle [singular] (informal) alcoholic drink After his wife died, he really hit the bottle (= started drinking heavily).
- 4[countable, usually singular] a bottle used to give milk to a baby; the milk from such a bottle (used instead of mother’s milk) It's time for her bottle. See related entries: Babies
- 5[uncountable] (British English, informal) courage or confidence, for example to do something that is dangerous or unpleasant synonym nerve It took a lot of bottle to do that. I didn’t think she’d have the bottle to ask him. See related entries: Brave Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French boteille, from medieval Latin butticula, diminutive of late Latin buttis