[ soh-duh ]
/ ˈsoʊ də /


Nearby words

  1. sod,
  2. sod disease,
  3. sod house,
  4. sod off,
  5. sod's law,
  6. soda ash,
  7. soda biscuit,
  8. soda bread,
  9. soda cracker,
  10. soda fountain

Origin of soda

1550–60; (< Italian) < Medieval Latin < Arabic suwwādah kind of plant; compare Middle French soulde, soude

Related formsso·da·less, adjective

Regional variation note

7. See soda pop. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for soda

British Dictionary definitions for soda


/ (ˈsəʊdə) /


any of a number of simple inorganic compounds of sodium, such as sodium carbonate (washing soda), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and sodium hydroxide (caustic soda)
US and Canadian a fizzy drink
the top card of the pack in faro
a soda Australian slang something easily done; a pushover

Word Origin for soda

C16: from Medieval Latin, from sodanum barilla, a plant that was burned to obtain a type of sodium carbonate, perhaps of Arabic origin

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Word Origin and History for soda


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Medicine definitions for soda


[ sōdə ]


Any of various forms of sodium carbonate.
Chemically combined sodium.

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