- a programming language particularly suited for writing programs to process large files of data, using a vocabulary of common English words, phrases, and sentences.
Origin of COBOL
1955–60; co(mmon) b(usiness)-o(riented) l(anguage)
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- a high-level computer programming language designed for general commercial use
C20: co (mmon) b (usiness) o (riented) l (anguage)
Word Origin and History for cobol
1960, U.S. Defense Department acronym, from "Common Business-Oriented Language."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A programming language developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s and used especially for business applications. It is closer to English than many other high-level languages, making it easier to learn.
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