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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. 2018.
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  • At the moment I thought I heard a holla, but I could not be sure.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • Here, Tommy, catch hold of him t'other side before he can holla.

    Tom Brown's School Days Thomas Hughes
  • Cry ‘holla’ to thy tongue, I prithee; it curvets unseasonably.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • They drew up in response to Gabriel's holla, and he climbed into the waggon.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
  • I do not include Mrs. Morritt and you, because we are much nearer neighbors, and within a whoop and a holla in comparison.

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

    Camilla Fanny Burney
  • He meant he lived as far as a man's voice would carry with one yell and a holla.

  • Now let us see in what respect Frau Holle or holla reminds us of the good goddess.

    Myths of the Rhine X. B. Saintine
  • He was indeed a great master of this kind of vociferation, and had a holla proper for most occasions in life.

  • Well, it wouldn't do any good to holla about it—the only thing to do was to harden one's foolish feet.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
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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