[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. selling-plater,
  2. sellotape,
  3. sellout,
  4. selma,
  5. selsyn,
  6. seltzer water,
  7. selva,
  8. selvage,
  9. selves,
  10. selye

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

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British Dictionary definitions for seltzer


/ (ˈsɛltsə) /


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.

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