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

Definition of seltzer

: artificially carbonated water

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Volumes of ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages jumped 6.1% last year, according to IWSR, driven by hard seltzers, which executives say appeal to consumers because of their low calories and sugar. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "As Americans Drink Less Alcohol, Booze Makers Look Beyond the Barrel," 17 Jan. 2019 Get a table and order water or a seltzer straightaway. Carly Benson, SELF, "7 Important Tips for Traveling While Sober and Having an Even Better Time," 14 Feb. 2019 Soda sales have been sliding for much of the past decade as consumers have turned to bottled water and flavored seltzer. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Coca-Cola Expects Sales Growth to Slow in 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 What’s the difference between seltzer water and sparkling water? Kristen Fischer, Fox News, "Is seltzer good for you?," 9 Sep. 2018 My personal advice: order a white wine spritzer, which is half seltzer and half white wine. Micaela English, Town & Country, "The Modern Lady's Guide To Meeting His Parents," 17 Feb. 2015 The seltzer comes in coconut and passionfruit, but also lime and orange, and something called LaCola. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The company’s “natural flavors” have been an ongoing mystery.," 8 Oct. 2018 Instead of sugary drinks like soda, consider flavored seltzer waters that are tasty and refreshing without any sugar at all. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 13 Best Healthy Drinks You Can Get at the Supermarket," 20 Aug. 2018 Two eggs with pastrami hash and a seltzer cost $24. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "A New Yorker Tours Times Square," 13 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of seltzer

: water that has bubbles added to it

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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