Definitions for hollyˈhɒl i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hol•lyˈhɒl i(n.)(pl.)-lies.

  1. any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Ilex, as I. opaca or I. aquifolium, with glossy leaves and red berries.

    Category: Plants

  2. the foliage and berries, used esp. for Christmas decoration.

    Category: Plants

Origin of holly:

bef. 1150; ME holi(e),holyn, OE hole(g)n, akin to OS, OHG hulis, Welsh celyn, Ir cuillean holly

Princeton's WordNet

  1. holly(noun)

    any tree or shrub of the genus Ilex having red berries and shiny evergreen leaves with prickly edges

  2. Holly, Buddy Holly, Charles Hardin Holley(noun)

    United States rock star (1936-1959)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. holly(noun)ˈhɒl i

    a tree with thick green, spiky leaves and red berries

    a sprig of holly


  1. holly(Noun)

    Any of various shrubs or (mostly) small trees, of the genus Ilex, either evergreen or deciduous, used as decoration especially at Christmas.

  2. holly(Noun)

    The wood from this tree.

  3. holly(Noun)

    Any of several unrelated plant species likened to Ilex because of their prickly, evergreen foliage and/or round, bright-red berries

  4. Holly(ProperNoun)

    , from the name of the tree.

  5. Origin: holly, shortening of holin, from holegn, from huli- (compare Dutch/German hulst, Old Norse hulfr), from kol 'prickly' (compare Welsh celyn 'holly', Russian kolos 'ear of wheat', Albanian kallí 'straw, chaff', Sanskrit kaţambá 'arrow'), from *kel 'to cut' (compare Old Church Slavonic kolja 'to prick').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Holly(adverb)


  2. Holly(noun)

    a tree or shrub of the genus Ilex. The European species (Ilex Aguifolium) is best known, having glossy green leaves, with a spiny, waved edge, and bearing berries that turn red or yellow about Michaelmas

  3. Holly(noun)

    the holm oak. See 1st Holm


  1. Holly

    Ilex, or holly, is a genus of 400 to 600 species of flowering plants in the family Aquifoliaceae, and the only living genus in that family. The species are evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, and climbers from tropics to temperate zones worldwide.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'holly' in Nouns Frequency: #3027

Translations for holly

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of evergreen tree or bush with prickly leaves and red berries.

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