holla [hol-uh] ExamplesWord Origin interjection

  1. (used as an informal greeting.)
  2. (an informal exclamation of enthusiasm, joy, etc.)
  3. (used especially during a hunt) hallo.
  4. Obsolete. cease! halt!

Also hol·lo [hol-oh] /ˈhɒl oʊ/. Origin of holla 1500–50; Middle French hola, equivalent to ho ‘ahoy’ + la ‘there’ Examples from the Web for holla Historical Examples of holla

  • At the moment I thought I heard a holla, but I could not be sure.

    Tom Cringle’s Log

    Michael Scott

  • Here, Tommy, catch hold of him t’other side before he can holla.

    Tom Brown’s School Days

    Thomas Hughes

  • Cry ‘holla’ to thy tongue, I prithee; it curvets unseasonably.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle

  • They drew up in response to Gabriel’s holla, and he climbed into the waggon.

    Gabriel Tolliver

    Joel Chandler Harris

  • I do not include Mrs. Morritt and you, because we are much nearer neighbors, and within a whoop and a holla in comparison.

    Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)

    John Gibson Lockhart

  • Word Origin and History for holla

    as a command to “stop, cease,” 1520s, from French holà (15c.). As a command to get attention, from 1580s. As an urban slang form of holler (v.) and meaning “greet, shout out to,” it was in use by 2003.

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