selt·​zer | \ ˈselt-sər How to pronounce seltzer (audio) \

Definition of seltzer

: artificially carbonated water

Examples of seltzer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The category remains tiny considering the total beer market is worth $114 billion, but with hard seltzers nearing the $1 billion mark, kombucha has a real chance to break out. John Kell, Fortune, "Is Spiked Kombucha the New Hard Seltzer?," 14 Sep. 2019 Hard seltzer is an entire category born catering to the millennial sensibility. oregonlive, "White Claw reaches peak hysteria with rationing, destroys boozy gender divide," 10 Sep. 2019 The acerbic fizz of kombucha, the barnyard funk of fancy ciders, the ruckling tartness of sour beers—these and other harshnesses are ascendant among people who regard a hard seltzer as an instance of philistine minimalism. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "How the Orange-Wine Fad Became an Irresistible Assault on Pleasure," 7 Sep. 2019 Tapper noted that higher alcohol-content beverages — like hard seltzers such as Four Loko and White Claw — appear to be more popular among young drinkers. Rita Giordano,, "Hard-drinking young adults suffer surge in deadly liver disease," 6 Sep. 2019 America is running out of the trendy hard seltzer due to its massive spike in popularity. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "There is a nationwide shortage of White Claw hard seltzer," 7 Sep. 2019 Remove the soup from the fridge, stir in the seltzer, then season with more salt and sherry vinegar to taste. Los Angeles Times, "Stay chill once you grill with these 3 summer soups," 21 Aug. 2019 The Smirnoff seltzers were unconscionably sweet; Crook & Marker’s were almost as bad. Esther Mobley,, "We blind-tasted 38 hard seltzers. These were the winners (and many losers)," 20 Aug. 2019 The company recently entered the hard seltzer market, launching a natural-ingredient alternative to the popular White Claw Hard Seltzer. High School Journalism Institute,, "NW ingredients make 2 Towns Ciderhouse a fruitful business," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of seltzer

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seltzer

modification of German Selterser (Wasser) water of Selters, from Nieder Selters, Germany

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The first known use of seltzer was in 1775

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English Language Learners Definition of seltzer

: water that has bubbles added to it

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something of little or no value

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