Saturday, 12 April 2014


Today's WOTD is: "botella" = bottle
1. In Spanish, “botella” is a feminine noun of French/ Latin origin, the main meaning of which is bottle*, as in:
  • El agua se vende en botellas de plástico (water is sold in plastic bottles);
  • Anoche nos tomamos dos botellas de vino tinto (last night we drank two bottles of red wine);

*NB The word “botella” is not commonly used to refer to a baby's bottle in Spanish. A baby's bottle is better known as a “biberón”.

2. A related word is the action word/ verb “embotellar”, the main meaning of which is to bottle, as in:

  • En esta planta embotellamos agua (we bottle water in this plant); 

3. Also related is the describing word/ adjective “embotellado”/ “embotellada”, which means bottled, as in:
  • Se vende agua embotellada (bottled water for sale);

4. Some expressions in Spanish with the word “botella” are:
  • Botella de barro (clay/ earthenware bottle);
  • Botella de cristal (glass bottle);
  • Botella de plástico (plastic bottle);
  • Botella de vidrio (glass bottle);
  • Cuello de botella (bottleneck);
  • No es soplar y hacer botellas (colloquial expression meaning that something is harder than it looks/ it appears); loves the word "botella" in the YouTube clip: Zion yLennox - La Botella

For more on the word "botella", visit: Botella

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “botella” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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