Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


cost-of-living adjustment

co·la 1

A carbonated soft drink containing an extract of the kola nut or similar flavorings.

[From cola.]

co·la 2

A cluster of flowers at the top of a female cannabis plant.

[Latin American Spanish slang (perhaps originally in Mexican Spanish slang cola de borrego, high-quality marijuana, literally "lamb's tail," from the long, woolly appearance of the inflorescence), from Spanish, tail, from Old Spanish, from Latin cauda; see coda.]

co·la 3

Plural of colon1.

co·la 4

A plural of colon2.

co·la 5

Variant of kola.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈkəʊlə) or


1. (Plants) either of two tropical sterculiaceous trees, Cola nitida or C. acuminata, widely cultivated in tropical regions for their seeds. See cola nut
2. (Brewing) a sweet carbonated drink flavoured with cola nuts
[C18: from kola, probably variant of Mandingo kolo nut]


1. (Anatomy) a plural of colon13, colon2
2. (Poetry) a plural of colon13, colon2


abbreviation for
1. (Social Welfare) cost of living adjustment: an increase in benefit payments according to the rate of inflation
2. (Economics) cost of living allowance: extra money paid to workers in areas where the cost of living is more expensive
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈkoʊ lə)

n., pl. -las.
a carbonated soft drink containing an extract made from kola nuts, together with sweeteners and other flavorings.
[1920–25; from the trademarks Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola]


(ˈkoʊ lə)

a pl. of colon.


(ˈkoʊ lə)

n., pl. COLAs or COLA's.
an automatic adjustment in wages or social-security payments to offset fluctuations in the cost of living.
[c(ost) o(f) l(iving) a(djustment)]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cola - large genus of African trees bearing kola nuts
dilleniid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous trees and shrubs and herbs
family Sterculiaceae, sterculia family, Sterculiaceae - a large family of plants of order Malvales
Cola acuminata, goora nut, kola, kola nut tree, kola nut - tree bearing large brown nuts containing e.g. caffeine; source of cola extract
2.cola - carbonated drink flavored with extract from kola nuts (`dope' is a southernism in the United States)
soft drink - nonalcoholic beverage (usually carbonated)
Coca Cola, Coke - Coca Cola is a trademarked cola
Pepsi, Pepsi Cola - Pepsi Cola is a trademarked cola
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
cola nut, kola nut - bitter brown seed containing caffein; source of cola extract
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


[ˈkəʊlə] n (= drink) → cola m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in classic literature ?
"You will have to sit up with Jacques to-night, Mother Colas. If he tells you that his breathing is bad, you must let him drink some of the draught that I have poured into the tumbler on the table.
"He has been so imprudent as to sing, Mother Colas; and it is not to be expected that any good can come of it; but do not be hard upon him, nor scold him.
As part of tour around the country, of which Croydon is the last stop, visitors are given a free 150ml can of Coca Cola zero sugar, Diet Coke or Coca Cola Original Taste.
But drinks sweetened with local sugar will only be taxed P6 per liter the under TRAIN law.Serafica said Pepsi Cola has signified to the SRA that it would stop using HFCS and would use local sugar instead.
Cola was saved by John and Gill Dalley, who moved from Leeds to Thailand to set up the Soi Dog Foundation charity.
In spite of the visibility of the green wall of stevia-based cola carbonates in hypermarkets, and the peak in sales in 2015 thanks to Coca-Cola Life, there is not expected be enough differentiation/discrimination in comparison with brands such as Coca-Cola Zero to register sustainable success in 2016.
Investments such as the TCF Coca Cola Campus serve as enduring examples of how businesses can help accomplish this vision." said Zia Akhter Abbas, Vice President at The Citizens Foundation.
To claim your free drink, cut out the voucher to the right and take it along to your local Scottish SPAR store to claim your free 500ml bottle of Coca-Cola or Diet Cola and enjoy your refreshing treat.
Owing to this exponential progress Coca Cola has continuously enlarged its brand portfolio in Pakistan.
The new product has 35% fewer calories than other leading colas.
"We are very pleased to add RC Cola Neo to the RCCI family of high-quality products," said Edmund O'Keeffc, President, Royal Crown International Cola.
New Sugarcane Cola Syrup from Monin is flavored with real kola nut extract and sweetened with natural pure cane sugar for the authentic taste of original, classic cola, evoking nostalgia for summer days spent at the soda fountain.