General English


  • noun a powder made from chocolate beans
  • noun a drink made from this powder


  • abbreviation forcontinuously contemporary accounting
    (written as CoCoA)

Origin & History of “cocoa”

like chocolate, cocoa came to English from the Nahuatl language of the Aztec people. their cacahuatl meant ‘beans of the cocoa tree’. Its first element was borrowed into Spanish as cacao. this was adopted by English in the 16th century, and remained the standard form until the 18th century, when it was modified to cocoa. Originally it was pronounced with three syllables (/ko-ko-a/), but confusion with the coco of coconut (which was also sometimes spelled cocoa) led to the current two-syllable pronunciation.