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[selt-ser] /ˈsɛlt sər/
(sometimes initial capital letter) a naturally effervescent mineral water containing common salt and small quantities of sodium, calcium, and magnesium carbonates.
tap water that has been commercially filtered, carbonated, and bottled with no addition of minerals or mineral salts.
Also called seltzer water.
Origin of seltzer
1735-45; < German Selterser named after Selters, a village near Wiesbaden; see -er1 Unabridged
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  • Presently Androcles awoke, wishing he had some seltzer water, or something.

    Cobwebs From an Empty Skull Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
  • Near by were a pail of water, a pan of ashes, a rug, and a seltzer siphon.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Then give me liberty or buy me a seltzer lemonade, Patrick Henry!

    The Rival Pitchers Lester Chadwick
  • "Have another Rhine wine and seltzer," suggested the New Yorker.

    Sixes and Sevens O. Henry
  • As they passed seltzer's they heard the sound of many voices in the café.

  • Potassio-tartrate of iron, 10 gr.; artificial seltzer water, a pint.

  • The seltzer Town mound contains a superficies of eight acres on its summit.

    The Progress of Ethnology John Russell Bartlett
  • Dr Boudin had said the invalid might have gooseberry syrup with seltzer water.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
British Dictionary definitions for seltzer


a natural effervescent water with a high content of minerals
a similar synthetic water, used as a beverage
Also called Seltzer water
Word Origin
C18: changed from German Selterser Wasser water from (Nieder) Selters, district where mineral springs are located, near Wiesbaden, Germany
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for seltzer

1741, from German Selterser (Wasser), a kind of mineral water, literally "of Selters," village near Weisbaden in Hesse-Nassau, where the mineral water is found.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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