[ soh-duh ]
/ ˈsoʊ də /


Origin of soda

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

Related forms

so·da·less, adjective

Regional variation note

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

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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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Medicine definitions for soda


[ sōdə ]


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

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