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[hol-ee-woo d] /ˈhɒl iˌwʊd/
the NW part of Los Angeles, Calif.: center of the American motion-picture industry.
a city in SE Florida, near Miami: seaside resort.
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Hollywoodite, Hollywooder, noun Unabridged
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  • If Bezdek ever found out about this he'd be cooked as far as Hollywood went!

    Reel Life Films Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • She knows everything about her work, more than anyone else in Hollywood, they say.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • See how it's inlaid with Hollywood and cherry and how fine the lines of it are!

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • At about this point she vanished, bound for Hollywood and the movies.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • "They're wearing them that way here in Hollywood," she wrote Ken.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for Hollywood


a NW suburb of Los Angeles, California: centre of the American film industry. Pop: 167 664 (2000)
  1. the American film industry
  2. (as modifier): a Hollywood star
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Hollywood

region near Los Angeles, named for the ranch that once stood there, which was named by Deida Wilcox, wife of Horace H. Wilcox, Kansas City real estate man, when they moved there in 1886. They began selling off building lots in 1891 and the village was incorporated in 1903. Once a quiet farming community, by 1910 barns were being converted into movie studios. The name was used generically for "American movies" from 1926, three years after the giant sign was set up, originally Hollywoodland, another real estate developer's promotion.

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Hollywood in Culture

Hollywood definition

District of Los Angeles.

Note: Center of the American film industry.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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