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[hol-uh] /ˈhɒl ə/
(used as an informal greeting.)
(an informal exclamation of enthusiasm, joy, etc.)
(used especially during a hunt) hallo.
Obsolete. cease! halt!
Also, hollo [hol-oh] /ˈhɒl oʊ/ (Show IPA).
Origin of holla
1500-50; < Middle French hola, equivalent to ho ‘ahoy’ + la ‘there’ Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He meant he lived as far as a man's voice would carry with one yell and a holla.

  • At the moment I thought I heard a holla, but I could not be sure.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • Cry ‘holla’ to thy tongue, I prithee; it curvets unseasonably.

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • Here, Tommy, catch hold of him t'other side before he can holla.

    Tom Brown's School Days Thomas Hughes
  • Then Theseus shouted to him, ‘holla, thou valiant pine-bender, hast thou two fir-trees left for me?’

    The Heroes Charles Kingsley
  • The ladies being now all accommodated upon the deck, sailing orders were given, when an 'holla!

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • They drew up in response to Gabriel's holla, and he climbed into the waggon.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
  • Now let us see in what respect Frau Holle or holla reminds us of the good goddess.

    Myths of the Rhine X. B. Saintine
  • I do not include Mrs. Morritt and you, because we are much nearer neighbors, and within a whoop and a holla in comparison.

  • He was indeed a great master of this kind of vociferation, and had a holla proper for most occasions in life.

Word Origin and History for holla

as a command to "stop, cease," 1520s, from French holà (15c.). As a command to get attention, from 1580s. As an urban slang form of holler (v.) and meaning "greet, shout out to," it was in use by 2003.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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