co·​coa | \ ˈkō-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce cocoa (audio) \

Definition of cocoa

1a : powdered ground roasted cacao beans from which a portion of the fat has been removed
b : a beverage prepared by heating cocoa with water or milk
3 : a medium brown color

Examples of cocoa in a Sentence

The recipe calls for three tablespoons of cocoa.
Recent Examples on the Web On Christmas morning, the Backes household smells of homemade cinnamon rolls and stove top hot cocoa., "Holiday season means many things to many Bruins - The Boston Globe," 25 Dec. 2019 The pop-up will be open through January 21, 2020, for those whose idea of après ski leans more toward retail than spiked hot cocoa. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Chanel Opens the Chicest Après Ski Destination in Aspen," 13 Dec. 2019 Head out to O'Reilly's Speedway join Santa Claus and one of his elves for snacks consisting of mini corndogs, french fries, mac and cheese, fruit salad and hot cocoa. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 27 December festivals, events around Indianapolis to keep you busy," 29 Nov. 2019 Visitors can buy a s’mores kit to use over a roaring bonfire and warm up with cocoa. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Holiday Arts Guide 2019: Family fun and festivities ready for some dazzling moments," 23 Nov. 2019 Enjoy Christmas carols with a brass band and hot cocoa from the Salvation Army. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here’s where you can see Christmas tree lightings and holiday displays in the Milwaukee area," 20 Nov. 2019 Forests are cleared to make way for palm oil, rubber, and cocoa plantations, as well as for small-scale slash-and-burn farms. Tim Mcdonnell, National Geographic, "Cameroon’s embattled ebony trees get a lifeline—from guitar maker," 17 June 2019 This thick, creamy, low-carb hot cocoa recipe from Green and Keto fits the bill perfectly. Christina Oehler,, "8 Keto Christmas Desserts That Will Make the Holiday Even Sweeter," 9 Dec. 2019 Heat up a mug of milk in the micro and add this cute little guy to the mug and before long, his white chocolate shell will melt into a decadent cup 'o cocoa with marshmallows. Doreen Christensen,, "Cute Trader Joe’s products will make your holidays merry and bright," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cocoa

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cocoa

modification of Spanish cacao

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7 Jan 2020

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“Cocoa.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cocoa

: a brown powder made from roasted cocoa beans that is used to give a chocolate flavor to foods
: a hot drink of milk or water mixed with cocoa


co·​coa | \ ˈkō-kō How to pronounce cocoa (audio) \

Kids Definition of cocoa

1 : a brown powder that is made from the roasted seeds ( cocoa beans ) of the cacao tree after some of its fat is removed and that is used to make chocolate
2 : a hot drink made from cocoa powder mixed with water or milk


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Medical Definition of cocoa

2a : powdered ground roasted cacao beans from which a portion of the fat has been removed
b : a beverage prepared by heating powdered cocoa with water or milk

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