Definition of soda in US English:



  • 1Carbonated water (originally made with sodium bicarbonate) drunk alone or with liquor or wine.

    ‘a whiskey and soda’
    • ‘Chris offered Avril some wine, but she preferred some soda water.’
    • ‘I walked to the bar where they had cleared all the alcohol and were selling water and sodas.’
    • ‘Two vodkas with soda water later is my only transgression.’
    • ‘Put 3-4 peppermint teabags in a glass of soda water on a sunny window sill.’
    • ‘The basic mixers are cola, lemon-lime soda, tonic water, soda water, orange juice, cranberry juice, tomato juice, ginger ale and grapefruit juice.’
    • ‘Tom Valdes has always enjoyed a Rum Collins, made with lemon juice and soda water.’
    • ‘To get rid of red wine stains on furnishings and carpets don't apply salt - use carbonated soda water instead.’
    • ‘The girl's drinks were always tea or soda water.’
    • ‘I washed that down with soda water and indulged in a slice of wholegrain bread with a thin slice of cheese and a smidgeon of honey and munched mournfully on an apple.’
    • ‘In his dissertation, he presented theory and experiments on the osmotic pressure of concentrated solutions of carbon dioxide in various solvents - just generalized soda water.’
    • ‘I noticed it fizzing in the glass and thought it must be soda water.’
    • ‘We went to the beach, sunbathed, read books under straw parasols, ate olives and drank cheap red wine watered down with soda water.’
    • ‘In a bowl, combine flour and cornstarch; season with salt and pepper to taste and whisk in soda water until smooth.’
    • ‘Amy reached into her lunch bag and took out a bottle of soda water.’
    • ‘Last seen, Jerry was celebrating with soda water instead of his customary libation in a brown bottle.’
    • ‘I didn't observe what Peter ate but I did notice he added soda water to his tea.’
    • ‘The third method, to be avoided by any serious wine lover, is the injection of carbon dioxide into the wine immediately before bottling, as in soda water or Coca-Cola.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The alcohol content can be tamed by using non-alcoholic Triple Sec or orange-flavored soda water.’
    • ‘So if I'm going to taste soda water, I'd rather drink some that has some flavor to it.’
    1. 1.1North American A carbonated soft drink.
      ‘a can of soda’
      • ‘Simple sugars, like those found in sweetened juices, sodas and fruit cups cause a spike in blood sugar.’
      • ‘My diet shifted from foods high in sugar and fat, such as cheesecake, ice cream and soda, to foods rich in lean protein, such as chicken and fish.’
      • ‘They were brought up on sweet beverages and soda, and on caffeine.’
      • ‘My laughing and petty revenge seemed to have made that soda sweeter.’
      • ‘The consumption of canned soda is naturally high in schools without drinking fountains.’
      • ‘But pretty soon all he can think about is those extra hundred sodas he could be drinking.’
      • ‘The rest of the day was spent consuming massive amounts of diet soda and rediscovering the fact that too much caffeine made her twitchy and a little off kilter.’
      • ‘That's the sugar you'd get in three to five 12-ounce cans of soda.’
      • ‘On the fluid side, you're competing against sodas, fruit drinks and energy drinks.’
      • ‘James is happy to drink water instead of squash but refuses to drink low sugar sodas or squashes.’
      • ‘Mr. Shongut reached into his fridge and pulled out a sweet, ice cold soda.’
      • ‘So if you drink three sodas a day, for instance, try cutting back to two.’
      • ‘Today, the average American consumes over 220 L of soda per year, and one teenager in seven is overweight.’
      • ‘Laid out on the table were bottles of alcohol, sodas, Cokes and crisps.’
      • ‘Valtin says people can obtain water from many beverages and foods, from sodas to fruits.’
      • ‘This has everything I am looking for in a soda: Grapefruit, natural ingredients, the colour pink and a mild fizz.’
      • ‘Every diet gone bad has its usual suspects - soda, sweets, French fries, et cetera.’
      • ‘He quit drinking his five sodas per day, started eating scheduled meals and avoided fat.’
      • ‘It takes him a can of soda, preferably Coke, for him to be fully awake at this time of day.’
      • ‘The combination of salt on the fries and a litre of sweet cold soda - not the Diet kind - can be relied upon to get me back on my feet and ready to take on the world quickly and without unpleasant side effects.’
      fizzy drink, soft drink, carbonated drink
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  • 2Sodium carbonate, especially as a natural mineral or as an industrial chemical.

    • ‘The scientific explanation for this phenomenon is that soda contains carbon dioxide gas.’
    • ‘In this method, fats and oils were mixed in large, open kettles, and caustic soda was added.’
    • ‘The clothes were deposited in the tub with soap flakes and soda, then swirled around by hand, using a wooden paddle, a long and hot process.’
    • ‘A fusion of sand, soda, and potash, its peculiarity resides in how these elements are not perceived but effaced.’
    • ‘Because soap is made primarily from a caustic blend of boiled animal fat, lye and soda, it is highly alkaline.’
    • ‘Washing soda is found in the laundry section of most supermarkets.’
    • ‘I then left the clothes in a bucket to soak overnight with washing soda.’
    1. 2.1 Sodium in chemical combination.
      ‘nitrate of soda’
      • ‘Bi-carb soda and vinegar is great for general purpose cleaning, and it looks good when it's working - it bubbles.’
      • ‘Combine bi-carbonate of soda and water in a small bowl and add to the butter mixture and immediately pour all the liquids into the dry ingredients and mix together.’
      • ‘Combine flour, bi-carbonate of soda, sugar and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.’
      • ‘Add nitrate of soda or ammonia sulfate for inorganic amendments.’
      • ‘The plant provides a wide range of products although its output is dominated by the bulk production of soda ash and smaller quantities of soda bicarbonate.’
      • ‘And they put in potassium and they send in bicarbonate soda and anti-nausea medicine.’
      • ‘Bicarbonate of soda is a popular remedy for powdery mildew because it is a relatively safe substance and it is cheap to use.’
      • ‘To ease aching joints or stiff muscles as a result of sport or vigorous exercise, add half a cup of bicarbonate soda to a hot bath and enjoy a long, relaxing soak.’
      • ‘A good natural fungicide can be made from whole milk, bicarb soda and canola oil.’
      • ‘The children built a volcano using clay and used the chemical reaction between bread soda and vinegar to simulate the volcano.’
      • ‘For extra sore and aching feet add one tablespoon each of sea salt and bicarbonate soda and three to five drops of rosemary oil to the water.’
      • ‘Other unpleasant odours, including the smell of stale cigarettes, can be eliminated by placing a container of dry bicarbonate soda in the car.’
      • ‘Bicarbonate of soda, the mild alkali which is added to some cakes and biscuits and peanut brittle, promotes browning.’
      • ‘Pip uses bicarb soda mixed with dishwashing detergent for pots in the kitchen.’
      • ‘To remove odours from vinyl seats and lining panels wash with a solution of bicarbonate soda and warm water.’
      • ‘Bicarbonate of soda can also be used as a mild abrasive to clean baths, sinks, toilet bowls and tiles.’
      • ‘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.’


Late Middle English (in soda (sense 2)): from medieval Latin, from Arabic suwwad ‘saltwort’.