Share this entry

soda Syllabification: so·da
Pronunciation: /ˈsōdə/

Definition of soda in English:


1 (also soda water or club soda) Carbonated water (originally made with sodium bicarbonate) drunk alone or with liquor or wine: a whiskey and soda
More example sentences
  • The basic mixers are cola, lemon-lime soda, tonic water, soda water, orange juice, cranberry juice, tomato juice, ginger ale and grapefruit juice.
  • Muddle the mint and the rest of the ingredients in the glass until the sugar has melted before topping up with crushed ice and a whoosh of soda water or sparkling mineral water.
  • We went to the beach, sunbathed, read books under straw parasols, ate olives and drank cheap red wine watered down with soda water.
1.1 (also soda pop) chiefly North American A carbonated soft drink: a can of soda
More example sentences
  • They were brought up on sweet beverages and soda, and on caffeine.
  • Every diet gone bad has its usual suspects - soda, sweets, French fries, et cetera.
  • My laughing and petty revenge seemed to have made that soda sweeter.
2Sodium carbonate, especially as a natural mineral or as an industrial chemical.
Example sentences
  • The scientific explanation for this phenomenon is that soda contains carbon dioxide gas.
  • Because soap is made primarily from a caustic blend of boiled animal fat, lye and soda, it is highly alkaline.
  • A fusion of sand, soda, and potash, its peculiarity resides in how these elements are not perceived but effaced.
2.1Sodium in chemical combination: nitrate of soda
More example sentences
  • Add nitrate of soda or ammonia sulfate for inorganic amendments.
  • In a normal healthy person, he argued, uric acid is excreted in the urine; if that process be interrupted, deposition of uric acid occurs in the form of urate of soda.
  • Combine flour, bi-carbonate of soda, sugar and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.


Late Middle English (sense 2): from medieval Latin, from Arabic suwwad 'saltwort'.

Words that rhyme with soda

Clodagh, coda, coder, exploder, loader, Oder, odour (US odor), pagoda, Rhoda, Sargodha, Schroder, vocoder

Definition of soda in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day whippersnapper
Pronunciation: ˈwɪpəsnapə
a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...