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hola

[aw-lah; English oh-lah] /ˈɔ lɑ; English ˈoʊ lɑ/
interjection, Spanish.
1.
hi; hello: Hey, hola, how are things?
We can stop by my friend’s party tonight and just say hola.
Origin of hola
From Spanish
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  • "hola, hola," shrieked Ralph and Tom in concert, as they aimed their guns at them.

  • Saying this, the officer raised his voice and shouted “hola!”

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • None of us answered, and I ran down the spar to be ready for what might happen, when 'hola!

    The Green Hand George Cupples
  • No sooner was the king gone, than Chicot opened the door and called "hola!"

    Chicot the Jester Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • hola, young cock-sparrow, clad in the habit of the hoodie-crow!

    The White Plumes of Navarre Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • He turned to the door and called out in a hollow voice, "hola, Dufou!"

    Maitre Cornelius Honore de Balzac
  • (He begins to run as if he came from a long way off, and cries out): hola!

    Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
  • And now the show being ended, and not one but is a-crying of "hola!"

    A Set of Rogues

    Frank Barrett
  • Pausing for one moment to recover my wind, I raised myself to my full height, and hailed him at the top of my voice with a 'hola!

  • This the landlady of the Break of Day chirpingly explained, calling between whiles, 'hola, my husband!'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens

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