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

Also hol·lo [hol-oh] /ˈhɒl oʊ/.

Origin of holla

1500–50; < Middle French hola, equivalent to ho ‘ahoy’ + la ‘there’
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Examples from the Web for hollo

Historical Examples of hollo

  • The sound which elicited this exclamation was a loud "Hollo!"

    The Young Miner

    Horatio Alger, Jr.

  • "I can't hear a word, when you hollo in that way, not a word," said Mrs. Leake.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • Hollo, if Percy has not taken the monkey himself; that's a pass beyond me.


    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Hollo, Sam,” said Mr Tankardew again, in a more subdued voice.

    Nearly Lost but Dearly Won

    Theodore P. Wilson

  • I thought Guy did not half like it the other day, when he rode up with his "Hollo, Morville!"

    The Heir of Redclyffe

    Charlotte M. Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for hollo


holla (ˈhɒlə) or holloa (həˈləʊ)

noun plural -los, -las or -loas (-ˈləʊz)

a cry for attention, or of encouragement


a cry for attention, or of encouragement


(intr) to shout

Word Origin for hollo

C16: from French holà ho there!
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Word Origin and History for hollo


as a command to "stop, cease," 1520s, from French holà (15c.). As a command to get attention, from 1580s. As an urban slang form of holler (v.) and meaning "greet, shout out to," it was in use by 2003.

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