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cola

1

or ko·la

[ koh-luh ]
/ ˈkoʊ lə /
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noun

a carbonated soft drink containing an extract made from kola nuts, together with sweeteners and other flavorings.

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Origin of cola

1
First recorded in 1885–90; spelling variant of kola, extracted from the trademark names of such drinks, as Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, etc.

Definition for cola (2 of 4)

cola2
[ koh-luh ]
/ ˈkoʊ lə /

noun

a plural of colon1.

Definition for cola (3 of 4)

cola3
[ koh-luh ]
/ ˈkoʊ lə /

noun

a plural of colon2.

Definition for cola (4 of 4)

COLA
[ koh-luh ]
/ ˈkoʊ lə /

noun

cost-of-living adjustment: an escalator clause, especially in union contracts, that grants automatic wage increases to cover the rising cost of living due to inflation.
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British Dictionary definitions for cola (1 of 3)

cola1

kola

/ (ˈkəʊlə) /

noun

either of two tropical sterculiaceous trees, Cola nitida or C. acuminata, widely cultivated in tropical regions for their seedsSee cola nut
a sweet carbonated drink flavoured with cola nuts

Word Origin for cola

C18: from kola, probably variant of Mandingo kolo nut

British Dictionary definitions for cola (2 of 3)

cola2
/ (ˈkəʊlə) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for cola (3 of 3)

COLA

abbreviation for US

cost of living adjustment: an increase in benefit payments according to the rate of inflation
cost of living allowance: extra money paid to workers in areas where the cost of living is more expensive
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