from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A nonalcoholic, flavored, carbonated beverage, usually commercially prepared and sold in bottles or cans.
- noun A serving of this beverage.
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- noun Any
carbonated, usually sweet, non- alcoholicdrink. (In this sense, juice, milk, teaand coffeeare not soft drinks.)
- noun Any non-
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- noun nonalcoholic beverage (usually carbonated)
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So called in contrast to alcoholic beverages, which are "hard drinks".
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