trademark a carbonated soft drink flavoured with coca leaves, cola nuts, caramel, etc
(modifier) denoting the spread of American culture and values to other parts of the worldCoca-Cola generation

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Contemporary Examples of coca-cola

Historical Examples of coca-cola

  • Some one else has shoved his way in and shouted, "Coca-Cola," and I draw back to get out of the way of the vichy spray.

    Of All Things

    Robert C. Benchley

  • There is a big man edging his way beside me who is undoubtedly going to shout "Coca-Cola" in half a second.

    Of All Things

    Robert C. Benchley

Word Origin and History for coca-cola


invented 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., by druggist Dr. John S. Pemberton. So called because original ingredients were derived from coca leaves and cola nuts. It contained minute amounts of cocaine until 1909.

Drink the brain tonic and intellectual soda fountain beverage Coca-Cola. [Atlanta "Evening Journal," June 30, 1887]

Coca-colanization, also Coca-colonization coined 1950 during an attempt to ban the beverage in France, led by the communist party and the wine-growers.

France's Communist press bristled with warnings against US "Coca-Colonization." Coke salesmen were described as agents of the OSS and the U.S. State Department. "Tremble," roared Vienna's Communist Der Abend, "Coca-Cola is on the march!" [Time Magazine, 1950]

Coca-colonialism attested by 1956.

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