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Definitions for Holmes
hoʊmz, hoʊlmzholmes

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Sherlock Holmes, Holmesnoun

    a fictitious detective in stories by A. Conan Doyle

  2. Holmes, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.noun

    United States jurist noted for his liberal opinions (1841-1935)

  3. Holmes, Oliver Wendell Holmesnoun

    United States writer of humorous essays (1809-1894)

  4. Holmes, Arthur Holmesnoun

    English geologist and supporter of the theory of continental drift (1890-1965)


  1. Holmesnoun

    A northern English surname, variant of Holme.

  2. Holmesnoun

    a Scottish habitational surname from the place near Dundonald.

  3. Holmesnoun

    Sherlock Holmes, fictional detective.

  4. Holmesnoun

    by extension, someone acting like, or showing the ability of Sherlock Holmes.

  5. Holmesnoun

    A male given name transferred from the surname.



    HOLMES 2 (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System) is an information technology system that is predominantly used by UK police forces for the investigation of major incidents such as serial murders and high value frauds. The system is a single application which was developed by Unisys and McDonnell Douglas Information Systems (in competition, not co-operation) for the Police Information Technology Organisation under a private finance initiative. It provides total compatibility and consistency between all the police forces of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, as well as the Royal Military Police. The name of the system is a reference to the fictional Arthur Conan Doyle private detective character Sherlock Holmes.


  1. holmes

    Holmes typically refers to the fictional character, Sherlock Holmes, who is a detective in stories and novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes is known for his proficiency with observation, deduction, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic. However, "Holmes" could also be a surname of English and Irish origin.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Holmes is ranked #171 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Holmes surname appeared 156,780 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 53 would have the surname Holmes.

    56.7% or 89,035 total occurrences were White.
    37.2% or 58,448 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 3,731 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 3,716 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 1,192 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 658 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Holmes in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Holmes in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Holmes in a Sentence

  1. Erika Cheung:

    There were so many instances, even for someone like Elizabeth Holmes, to turn back and say,' I'm taking things a little too far here,' elizabeth Holmes had many opportunities to -- even at the very end, Elizabeth Holmes could have said,' OK, I'm sorry. I messed up. I'll stop processing patient samples and I'm going to get my team together, we're going to work on this and we're going to make a good product.' I don't think Elizabeth Holmes's ever said that, until Elizabeth Holmes had to go to court and say those things.'.

  2. Miriam Baer:

    For the defense, this is an opportunity for the jury to meet the' real' Elizabeth Holmes, if Holmes paints Elizabeth Holmes as a' big ideas' innovator who happened to be unaware of the company's failures or misstatements, Elizabeth Holmes can help Elizabeth Holmes case -- or at least sow doubt among several jurors.

  3. Thomas Joo:

    Most criminal defense lawyers would tell a client not to -- but the client is the boss, elizabeth Holmes may have a very, very strong belief in Elizabeth Holmes innocence. Elizabeth Holmes may insist over the lawyers' advice that Elizabeth Holmes wants to testify.

  4. Sir Arther Connan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes:

    And once again Mr. Sherlock Holmes is free to devote his life to examining those interesting little problems which the complexity of human life so pletifuly presents.

  5. Miriam Baer:

    If Holmes paints Elizabeth Holmes as a' big ideas' innovator who happened to be unaware of the company's failures or misstatements, Elizabeth Holmes can help Elizabeth Holmes case -- or at least sow doubt among several jurors.

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