used as a nickname for New Orleans
Jazz may have been born in NOLA at the turn of the century, but by the 1950s, the music of choice in New Orleans was rhythm & blues.B. Getz
After earning his degree from the Culinary Institute of New Orleans, [Chef Michael] Magee went on to work with top tier NOLA chefs including James Corwell, John Besh and Michael Gulotta.Lori Fredrich

Examples of NOLA in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elsewhere The San Diego Legion are off this weekend; the pro rugby team next plays April 14 against NOLA Gold at Snapdragon Stadium. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024 As a multi-platinum producer, the legacy of Mannie Fresh is written not just through the generations of artists whose careers were launched by his work, but through the cultural fabric of NOLA itself — a place where a whirlwind of influences have created a wholly unique musical identity. Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 The Ménage a Trois is made with Delamain XO cognac, Tempus Fugit Spirits crème de cacao, St. George NOLA coffee liqueur, local cream, cacao butter, liquid nitrogen and Krigler Cognac 66. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 25 Dec. 2023 To honor their rich culture, Hustlers Brass Band from NOLA performed as the couple and their guests danced with parasols and handkerchiefs. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 11 Dec. 2023 The seasoning screams of pepper, and has a kick that feels in line with the bright NOLA flavor palate. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 13 Sep. 2023 But, like one’s taste for mayonnaise (go off, NOLA), these things vary wildly state by state. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 4 Aug. 2023 Get to know chefs, mixologists, and bartenders in NOLA during Cocktail Week from Nov. 6-12. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 24 July 2023 The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, No. 4 on this year’s list, is one of those quintessential NOLA hotels and has welcomed guests since 1893. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 11 July 2023

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Word History


New Orleans + LA, abbreviation for Louisiana

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of NOLA was in 1958

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“NOLA.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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