noun Computers.
a programming language particularly suited for writing programs to process large files of data, using a vocabulary of common English words, phrases, and sentences.

1955–60; co(mmon) b(usiness)-o(riented) l(anguage) Unabridged
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COBOL or Cobol (ˈkəʊˌbɒl)
a high-level computer programming language designed for general commercial use
[C20: co(mmon) b(usiness) o(riented) l(anguage)]
Cobol or Cobol
[C20: co(mmon) b(usiness) o(riented) l(anguage)]

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1960, U.S. Defense Department acronym, from "Common Business-Oriented Language."
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Science Dictionary
COBOL   (kō'bôl')  Pronunciation Key 
A programming language developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s and used especially for business applications. It is closer to English than many other high-level languages, making it easier to learn.
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COBOL definition

COmmon Business Oriented Language

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
Common Business-Oriented Language
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