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[boh-dey-guh; Spanish baw-th e-gah] /boʊˈdeɪ gə; Spanish bɔˈðɛ gɑ/
noun, plural bodegas
[boh-dey-guh z; Spanish baw-th e-gahs] /boʊˈdeɪ gəz; Spanish bɔˈðɛ gɑs/ (Show IPA)
(especially among Spanish-speaking Americans) a grocery store.
a wineshop.
a warehouse for storing or aging wine.
< American Spanish, Spanish < Latin apothēca storehouse; see apothecary Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bodega
  • The mood in the bodega-turned-sports-venue was one of extreme concentration.
  • Go back downstairs to the bodega and buy canned tuna and a bottle of mayonnaise.
  • As he stood outside the boarded-up bodega, customer after customer walked by to offer apologies.
British Dictionary definitions for bodega


/bəʊˈdiːɡə; Spanish boˈðeɣa/
a shop selling wine and sometimes groceries, esp in a Spanish-speaking country
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, ultimately from Greek apothēkē storehouse, from apotithenai to store, put away
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Word Origin and History for bodega

1848, from Mexican Spanish, from Spanish bodega "a wine shop; cellar," from Latin apotheca, from Greek apotheke "depot, store" (see apothecary). The same word as boutique.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bodega


  1. A liquor store
  2. A grocery store, esp in Puerto Rican areas of New York City

[Mexican Spanish 1850s+; fr Spanish, ''shop'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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