One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very large wine bottle, equivalent in capacity to sixteen regular bottles.
- ‘For the reception, there will be a classic champagne fountain poured from a giant Balthazar bottle of Veuve Clicquot.’
- ‘Some years ago, he found a Balthazar bottle in a store of wine he had acquired.’
1930s: from Balthazar, the name of the king of Babylon, who ‘made a great feast … and drank wine before a thousand’ (Dan. 5:1).
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