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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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  • He was indeed wearied, and agreed to take a glass of hock and seltzer.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Near by were a pail of water, a pan of ashes, a rug, and a seltzer siphon.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • "Yes, I expect we shall be ready for a hock and seltzer, at any rate," said the Colonel.

    A Desert Drama A. Conan Doyle
  • "Have another Rhine wine and seltzer," suggested the New Yorker.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • I am the only one in Trouville who manufactures seltzer water he says.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2 Gustave Flaubert
  • The doctors ordered me milk and seltzer water every morning.

    Memoirs of the Empress Catherine II. Catherine II, Empress of Russia
  • Add a glass of champagne, and a small bottle of seltzer water.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • Potassio-tartrate of iron, 10 gr.; artificial seltzer water, a pint.

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
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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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