Definition of bodega in US English:



  • 1A small grocery store, especially in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood.

    • ‘Exit the highway, and just over the hill are pre-World War II apartment buildings, bodegas, tire repair shops, and other small neighborhood businesses.’
    • ‘However, many Dominicans operate small independent grocery stores, or bodegas, in Dominican neighborhoods.’
    • ‘At night the surrounding streets come alive with shops, artisan markets, traditional bodegas and lively restaurants.’
    • ‘Indian stores sit side by side Filipino stores and bodegas in Jersey City.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When one followed me near my own block, I ducked into a bodega for a bottle of water.’
    • ‘They also recycle the money immediately back into the poor community's economy of supermarkets and bodegas.’
    • ‘Steve is this big, rough-edged, very old-school-Brooklyn guy who is part owner in the corner bodega nearest my house.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Johnson smoked American Spirits, and Melissa hadn't seen a bodega or smoke shop since arriving in the afterworld.’
    • ‘Both brands outsell American coffee in Miami-Dade County and are sold nationwide in bodegas and many supermarkets.’
    • ‘Sugar, flour, and rice are often bought illegally from people who work at the bodega, the government outlet for the distribution of food rations.’
    • ‘Hardest hit were the tens of thousands of restaurants, supermarkets and bodegas around the city.’
    • ‘Handheld cameras follow a smirky, low-key, wisecracking Bobby to his favorite Manhattan butchers, bodegas and farmers' markets as he shops for fresh ingredients.’
    • ‘Maybe I'll buy some food supplies at a friendly neighborhood bodega while I'm at it.’
    • ‘They don't get much more traditional than La Rioja Alta, a bodega whose wines are some of my all-time favourites.’
    • ‘Though my Brooklyn neighborhood has much to offer, butchered hog is sadly unavailable at the corner bodega.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A wine shop or wine cellar.
      • ‘Here we get to sample local delicacies at the bodega, or wine cellar.’
      • ‘Does the bodega owner have a huge cellar of these wines?’
      • ‘The mellow Black Label, which mixes more than 40 kinds of malt and grain whisky, each of which has been stored in a bodega for at least 12 years, has gained fame all over the world.’
      • ‘This is a wine bodega on the coast of southwestern Spain.’
      • ‘She offered him a job at her in-laws' bodega, but he felt humiliated by the whole situation.’
      • ‘Stopping at the little Cuban bodega on the strip, he bought himself some expresso to go and opted for a long walk along the surf to clear his mind.’
      • ‘A few bodegas sweeten their wines with fortified Moscatel but this tends to produce a rather obvious, aromatic, grapey style of sherry.’
      • ‘Four classes of sherry bodega are recognized by the Consejo Regulador.’
      • ‘Then take off on a leisurely day of wine tasting at small, family-owned bodegas.’
      • ‘In typical Spanish fashion, the locals wander slowly up and down, taking in the spicy night air, stopping for a glass of sherry in the bodegas, or standing locked in a clincher with a sweetheart.’
      • ‘Over the next couple of days, they will cover the ground between the 11 th century Monestario de Yuso and the village of Cordovin, tasting wines in the local bodegas along the way.’
      • ‘A round of drinks ordered in the local tongue was met with unforgiving laughter in one bodega but at least ensured special treatment and generous tapas with every return visit.’
      • ‘From the guarded and secretive streets of the whitewashed barrios, with their flower-strewn interiors, to the shady bodegas where ice cold sherry is served from ancient wooden casks, everything about Seville says romance.’
      • ‘While most of the bodegas have their own shop where you can buy the house brands, it's worth going to the Sherry Shop, at Calle Divina Pastora, a friendly and informative place that stocks them all and where you can taste samples as well.’
      • ‘My bodega has started selling these revoltingly large ones.’
      • ‘They can while away the hours strolling the maze of narrow streets in the historic Santa Cruz Quarter, stopping off to sample the local tapas in the many little bars and restaurants and to have a cooling glass of local sherry at a local bodega.’
      • ‘Bordeaux merchants turned to Rioja, importing the wines and encouraging the bodegas to adopt classic Bordeaux techniques such as de-stemming of grapes and barrel ageing.’
      • ‘They are walking in the hills of Calabria, white-water rafting in the Pyrenees, cycling in Catalonia, visiting sherry bodegas in Jerez, or touring the beautiful Castilian cities of Toledo, Segovia and Avila.’
      • ‘The grotto occupies the basements of two former bodegas on a dimly lit stretch of Ludlow Street, just above Delancey Street.’
      • ‘Decorated in sleek blond wood and black trim, Van Brackle's store is a tiny bit of downtown chic transported to a gritty street corner where her neighbors include a bodega and a somewhat battered liquor store.’


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