Definition of bodega in English:



  • A cellar or shop selling wine and food, especially in a Spanish-speaking country or area.

    • ‘Steve is this big, rough-edged, very old-school-Brooklyn guy who is part owner in the corner bodega nearest my house.’
    • ‘When one followed me near my own block, I ducked into a bodega for a bottle of water.’
    • ‘They don't get much more traditional than La Rioja Alta, a bodega whose wines are some of my all-time favourites.’
    • ‘Set off on foot across the rolling hills of Rioja, on a self-guided walking tour that takes you off the beaten track into beautiful medieval villages and local bodegas for wine tastings.’
    • ‘Handheld cameras follow a smirky, low-key, wisecracking Bobby to his favorite Manhattan butchers, bodegas and farmers' markets as he shops for fresh ingredients.’
    • ‘The city can be stifling in August, but there are cool bodegas and shaded inexpensive restaurants in the cathedral area.’
    • ‘I don't mind going to the bodega on the corner to buy a Snickers looking like this, but I can't face my adoring public on the subways and streets of NYC looking like an unshaven maniac.’
    • ‘Exit the highway, and just over the hill are pre-World War II apartment buildings, bodegas, tire repair shops, and other small neighborhood businesses.’
    • ‘Johnson smoked American Spirits, and Melissa hadn't seen a bodega or smoke shop since arriving in the afterworld.’
    • ‘Maybe I'll buy some food supplies at a friendly neighborhood bodega while I'm at it.’
    • ‘From Wall Street firms to Broadway theaters to tiny corner bodegas, all likely will pay a hefty economic toll in lost revenues if the city is ground to a halt, experts predicted.’
    • ‘Hardest hit were the tens of thousands of restaurants, supermarkets and bodegas around the city.’
    • ‘Indian stores sit side by side Filipino stores and bodegas in Jersey City.’
    • ‘Sugar, flour, and rice are often bought illegally from people who work at the bodega, the government outlet for the distribution of food rations.’
    • ‘However, many Dominicans operate small independent grocery stores, or bodegas, in Dominican neighborhoods.’
    • ‘They also recycle the money immediately back into the poor community's economy of supermarkets and bodegas.’
    • ‘Though my Brooklyn neighborhood has much to offer, butchered hog is sadly unavailable at the corner bodega.’
    • ‘At night the surrounding streets come alive with shops, artisan markets, traditional bodegas and lively restaurants.’
    • ‘These include hotels, casinos, car dealers, jewelry stores, real estate offices, insurance agents, lawyers, bodegas, kiosks in a mall where you would buy a magazine or where you would wire money, and the post office.’
    • ‘Both brands outsell American coffee in Miami-Dade County and are sold nationwide in bodegas and many supermarkets.’


Mid 19th century: from Spanish, via Latin from Greek apothēkē ‘storehouse’. Compare with boutique.