so·​da | \ ˈsō-də \

Definition of soda

c : sodium often used in combination soda-feldsparnitrate of soda
b : soda pop
c : a sweet drink consisting of soda water, flavoring, and often ice cream
3 : the faro card that shows faceup in the dealing box before play begins

Examples of soda in a Sentence

I ordered fries and a soda.

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Nuns’ habits, conquistadors’ helmets, and noblewomen’s headdresses are fashioned from toilet paper, soda cans, Bubble Wrap, and plastic bags. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Is a Modern Day Dutch Master," 16 Oct. 2018 Another trick is to place a soda can or glass of cold water in the crook of your neck. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "6 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Blotchy — And How to Fix It," 13 Dec. 2018 And one city made sugary beverages more expensive so people would drink less soda. Byrd Pinkerton, Vox, "13 of Vox’s best podcast episodes of 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 For instance, a server could put a bottle of a particular soda on a character’s kitchen table or fill in a billboard outside her window with a subtle ad. Ralf Jacob, Fortune, "AI Is About to Make Video Ads a Lot Less Annoying," 26 June 2018 Travelers can add a soda or bottled water and a bag of chips, pretzels or popcorn to an entrée for $4. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Amtrak revamps its food and beverage menu," 15 June 2018 Ginger beer is a nonalcoholic carbonated soda that’s like ginger ale but with more ginger bite and spice. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "3 summer sippers all made with ginger beer," 15 June 2018 In the early evening of May 17, Persail and 10 other survivors of gunshot wounds drank soda and ate pizza as Winans ran a projector that streamed an event from New York in which victims and perpetrators of violence told their stories. Kurtis Lee,, "In Detroit's busiest ER, a man with his own dark past tries to halt a cycle of violence," 15 June 2018 The survey showed slightly fewer kids are drinking soda and sports drinks now, compared to the last survey in 2015. Mike Stobbe,, "Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of soda

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for soda

Italian, from Arabic suwwād, any of several saltworts from the ashes of which sodium carbonate is obtained

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English Language Learners Definition of soda

US : a drink made of soda water, flavoring, and often ice cream
: a white powdery substance that contains salt and is used in cooking and medicine


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Kids Definition of soda

1 : a powdery substance like salt used in washing and in making glass or soap
4 : soda pop
5 : a sweet drink made of soda water, flavoring, and often ice cream


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