(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.

Origin of seltzer

1735–45; < German Selterser named after Selters, a village near Wiesbaden; see -er1
Also called seltzer water. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for seltzer

drink, tonic, seltzer, mixer, pop

Examples from the Web for seltzer

Contemporary Examples of seltzer

Historical Examples of seltzer

  • 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.

  • I am the only one in Trouville who manufactures Seltzer water he says.

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 for Seltzer

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