noun, plural co·cos.

Origin of coco

1545–55; < Portuguese: grimace; the three holes at the nut's base give it this appearance


[koh-koh; Spanish kaw-kaw]


a river rising in N Nicaragua and flowing NE along the Nicaragua-Honduras border to the Caribbean Sea. About 300 miles (485 km) long.
Also called Segovia.


[shuh-nel; French sha-nel]


Ga·bri·elle [ga-bree-el] /ga briˈɛl/, Coco, 1882–1971, French fashion designer.
Can be confusedChanel channel charnel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coco

Contemporary Examples of coco

Historical Examples of coco

  • I wonder if Bert's had anything to eat since he got the wallop on the coco?

  • And yet Cameron gave Bert a crack on the coco and stole the code message!

  • He was the man who would not have your little 'coco' friend—disposed of.

    Jack O' Judgment

    Edgar Wallace

  • "Not too quickly," said M. Vulfran, when she touched Coco with the end of her whip.

    Nobody's Girl

    Hector Malot

  • After that biff on the coco I only wanted some place to crawl into.

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for coco


noun plural -cos

Word Origin for coco

C16: from Portuguese coco grimace; from the likeness of the three holes of the nut to a face



Gabrielle (ɡabriɛl), known as Coco Chanel. 1883–1971, French couturière and perfumer, who created "the little black dress" and the perfume Chanel No. 5
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Word Origin and History for coco

"palm tree," mid-16c., from Spanish and Portuguese coco "grinning face," on resemblance of the three holes at the base of the shell to a human face. The earlier word for it was the Latinized form cocus, which sometimes was anglicized as cocos.


Paris fashion house, founded by Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel (1883-1971), French fashion designer and perfumier, who opened her first shop in 1909. The perfume Chanel No. 5 debuted in 1921.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper