Definition of seltzer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈseltsər/
(also seltzer water)


1Soda water.
Example sentences
  • This was the first artificially carbonated water, known as soda water or seltzer.
  • Be sure to include offerings from the alcohol-free zone: sparkling water, fruit juice mixed with seltzer or ginger ale, spiced iced tea or cider.
  • They had to drink seltzer water instead of champagne and had even been given a pasteboard turkey which they were expected to pretend to consume.
1.1Medicinal mineral water from Niederselters in Germany.
Example sentences
  • The word ‘seltzer’ originated in Niederselters, Germany, where natural springs produced carbonated water enjoyed by the locals.
  • Centuries ago, I would have had to travel to Niederselters, Germany, wherefrom the word ‘seltzer’ derives, to drink from their natural pools of carbonated water.


Mid 18th century: alteration of German Selterser, from (Nieder)selters (see above).

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Syllabification: selt·zer

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