Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A nonalcoholic, flavored, carbonated beverage, usually commercially prepared and sold in bottles or cans.
  • n. A serving of this beverage. See Regional Note at tonic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any carbonated, usually sweet, non-alcoholic drink. (In this sense, juice, milk, tea and coffee are not soft drinks.)
  • n. Any non-alcoholic drink.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. nonalcoholic beverage (usually carbonated)

Etymologies

So called in contrast to alcoholic beverages, which are "hard drinks". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I parked in the convenience store at the four corners and bought a soft drink from the machine and drank it in the shade and waited for Marvin Oates to come out of the shack.

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  • The a 64-ounce “Big Gulp” soft drink sold at convenience stores can account for as much as 900 or 1,000 calories in just one serving.

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  • Ever) 'couple of miles there was a cluster of shacks with walls that seemed to be constructed from flattened-out soft drink cans, fronted by children in rags standing beside the road with their hands out.

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  • Today, in retreat from Padangbai’s midday heat, we quench our thirst with bottles of tepid Temulawak, a peculiar but inoffensive soft drink made from the pulp of a tuber.

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  • Production was beginning on the Tetrapak line, paper containers specially made for milk and soft drink manufacturers.

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