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

Examples of cola in a Sentence

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Noun
The pods trick the brain into thinking the water tastes like watermelon or cherry cola. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 Jason Schmidt, who played Sodapop, the charismatic middle Curtis brother, in La Jolla and reprises it on Broadway, got a tattoo of a vintage-looking cola bottle on his forearm, with his character’s name underneath. Melena Ryzik Adali Schell, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2024 Of those, 28 were administered cola at regular intervals, while the remaining 23 waited for the obstruction to clear on its own. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2023 Add the cola, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and coriander seeds and scrape the browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Ali Slagle, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2024 This brown sugar ham is packed with flavor thanks to a sweet cola and whiskey glaze. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Feb. 2024 There were no adverse effects, so further studies administrating cola before performing endoscopies could be useful, per the authors. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2023 For example, some cooks replace the coffee with water, iced tea, espresso, or cola. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 9 Nov. 2023 No one is spending upward of $40 for a bottle of whiskey-ish liquid that needs to be drowned in cola to be palatable. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Cola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cola. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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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