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I found one source that says it is greek but no explanation. There is no spanish etymology dictionary online. i thought it came from a latin rootword.

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This from Wiktionary -

Etymology From Spanish hola, and this from Arabic wa-Allāh

  • Good answer! Five hundred years of Arabic occupation in Spain left us this heritage. - francobollo Jan 18, 2013 flag
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Hola comes from the Arabic and it means Peace be upon (with) God. This has evolved into Peace be with you, which is a very romantic and polite way of saying Hello.

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