What does Holly mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term 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)


  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

  4. Origin: [OE holi, holin, AS. holen, holegn; akin to D. & G. hulst, OHG. huls hulis, W. celyn, Armor. kelen, Gael. cuilionn, Ir. cuileann. Cf. 1st Holm, Hulver.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Holly

    hol′i, n. an evergreen shrub having leathery, shining, and spinous leaves and scarlet or yellow berries, much used for Christmas decorations. [A.S. holegn; cf. W. celyn, Ir. cuileann.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce Holly?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Holly in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Holly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Holly in a Sentence

  1. Miesha Tate:

    Holly Holm went out like a champion. I have so much respect for this woman.

  2. Drew Galloway:

    My favorite fans are Holly and Sophie but I still love all of my fans. Holly, Sophie, if you're out there, good luck with hockey!

  3. Jared Kahn:

    This was not an issue until 1923 became involved with contract negotiations with Holly last summer, this is really part of filling up her memoir.

  4. Emily Brontë:

    Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?

  5. Us Weekly:

    After losing her identity, her sense of self-worth, and her hope for the future, Holly found herself sitting alone in a bathtub contemplating suicide.

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