1. avalon2004 Senior Member

    Merseyside, England
    UK- English/Spanish
    Hi all,
    Can anyone tell me what the phrase "la dive bouteille" means and in which context you would find it?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. denis-a-paris

    denis-a-paris Senior Member

    Paris, France
    English - USA
    It's in the this WordReference dictionary:

    Compound Forms:
    la dive bouteille (humour) nf wine
  3. Agnès E.

    Agnès E. Senior Member

    France, French
    I think Rabelais first spoke about la dive bouteille. Dive = divine = boisson céleste = le vin (blanc ou rouge). You have to keep in mind that his family's house was in Chinon, famous for its Touraine wines.
  4. zaby

    zaby Senior Member

    If I remember well, la "dive bouteille" comes from a novel by Rabelais where it means "la divine bouteille" ("the divine bottle").
  5. Nose Senior Member

    english, england
    La dive bouteille comes from Rabelais. In his 5th book Pantagruel, Panurge and other companions arrive at the dive bouteille which is like an oracle which will help Panurge decide whether he should get married or not

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