Definition of bottle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbɒtl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːtl//
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  1. 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.
  2. 2  [countable] (also bottleful
    BrE BrE//ˈbɒtlfʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːtlfʊl//
    the amount contained in a bottle He drank a whole bottle of wine.
  3. 3the bottle [singular] (informal) alcoholic drink After his wife died, he really hit the bottle (= started drinking heavily).
  4. 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. 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
  6. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French boteille, from medieval Latin butticula, diminutive of late Latin buttis ‘cask’.Extra examples She filled the bottle with water. We discussed the problem over a bottle of wine. We washed the food down with a bottle of cheap red wine. a crowd of youths throwing bottles and stones a wine/​beer/​milk bottle
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