[ hol-uh ]


  1. (used as an informal greeting.)
  2. (an informal exclamation of enthusiasm, joy, etc.)
  3. (used especially during a hunt) hallo ( def 1 ).
  4. Obsolete. cease! halt!

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Word History and Origins

Origin of holla1

First recorded in 1500–50; from Middle French hola, equivalent to ho “ahoy” + la “here”

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Example Sentences

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

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

On hearing the dead man holla thus, the porters dropped their load, and ran off as if the very devil was after them.

Then Theseus shouted to him, "Holla, thou valiant Pine-bender, hast thou two fir-trees left for me?"

They saw Theseus and called to him, "Holla, tall stranger at the door, what is your will to-day?"


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