so·​da | \ˈsō-də \

Definition of soda 

1a : sodium carbonate

b : sodium bicarbonate

c : sodium often used in combination soda-feldsparnitrate of soda

2a : soda water sense 2a

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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Use a bit of lemon and baking soda to keep your fridge fresh all week long. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Clean Your Fridge and Keep It Fresh," 27 Oct. 2018 There’s her parents: Katie, the janitress breadwinner, her hands scarred from soda-and-lye wash, and Johnny, a part-time singing waiter prone to spontaneous waltzes and bursts of whistling—boyishly handsome, and hopelessly alcoholic. Allie Spensley, WSJ, "A Tale of Roots and Resilience," 5 Oct. 2018 In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Halloween Cat Cake," 2 Oct. 2018 Like relying on family and finding products that simplify her everyday routine — starting with Arm and Hammer baking soda. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "Lala Anthony Talks Motherhood, Activism, and the Beauty Products She Can't Live Without," 8 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, combine flour, salt, and baking soda in bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook. Cherry Point, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Homemade Saltine Crackers," 7 Aug. 2018 Or, try scrubbing out the stain with aspirin or baking soda. Jolie Kerr, Teen Vogue, "How To Get Period Stains Out: 10 Ways to Remove Blood from Fabric," 17 July 2018 California cities and counties will be banned from creating taxes on soda and other sugary drinks for more than a decade under a measure approved Thursday by the Legislature. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Soda tax ban for California cities heads to Jerry Brown," 28 June 2018 Depending on the tier, reward members can see any movie for $5 on Tuesdays, get free upgrades and refills on popcorn and soda and earn 100 points for every $1 spent (including on the new monthly fee) for food and beverages. Doreen Christensen,, "AMC Theatres offering Movie Pass-type monthly subscription program," 21 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

: 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


so·​da | \ˈsō-də \

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


so·​da | \ˈsōd-ə \

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