cola

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plural of colon

cola

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noun

co·​la ˈkō-lə How to pronounce cola (audio)
: a carbonated soft drink colored usually with caramel and flavored usually with extracts from kola nuts
1
cost-of-living adjustment
2
cost-of-living allowance

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Owner Eduardo Osuna goes to great lengths to bring flavors directly from his hometown, such as importing the cola-like Tonicol or making guava pies. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2022 In the same episode, Hill's daughter, Gracie, joins the duo to help bake her family's cola cake recipe. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 9 Oct. 2022 Besting the market leaders of Cherry Coke and Wild Cherry Pepsi, Sprecher Cherry Cola ranked first for its blend of cherry and cola flavors and its natural sweetness with bite. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2022 Lines for cola bottles, strawberry jellies, Flying Saucers and more regularly snaked through the Sky Arts space and when the stand was briefly moved around a corner to make way for a live broadcast, there was mild panic. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 26 Aug. 2022 This brown sugar ham is packed with flavor thanks to a sweet cola and whiskey glaze. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Aug. 2022 The other choice is Tonicol ($4), a cola-like soda that’s popular in the coastal Sinaloa city of Mazatlan for its dark, vanilla flavors. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Aug. 2022 His upper end 2019 Olieddu Cannonau (Grenache) is a creamy and layered treat, with flavors of cola, cherries, tarragon and treacle as well as maple syrup. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 24 July 2022 Beyond a packet of peanuts and a cola, travelers who prefer meat-free meal options may feel like they are left to fend for themselves, especially on domestic flights. cleveland, 29 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

from Coca-Cola, a trademark

First Known Use

Noun

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cola was in 1920

Dictionary Entries Near cola

Cite this Entry

“Cola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cola. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

cola

noun

co·​la
ˈkō-lə
: a sweet usually caffeinated carbonated soft drink typically colored with caramel and having a flavoring from kola nuts

Medical Definition

cola

plural of colon

Legal Definition

COLA

abbreviation

ˈkō-lə
1
cost-of-living adjustment
2
cost-of-living allowance

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