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noun British Dialect.
  1. a low, flat tract of land beside a river or stream.
  2. a small island, especially one in a river or lake.

Origin of holm1

before 1000; Middle English; Old English holm; cognate with Old Norse holm islet, Danish holm, Swedish holme a small island, German Holm hill, island, Latin columen, culmen summit; see hill


  1. holm oak.

Origin of holm2

1350–1400; Middle English, by dissimilation from holn, Old English holen holly


  1. Han·ya [hahn-ye] /ˌhɑn yɛ/, 1895?–1992, U.S. dancer, choreographer, and teacher; born in Germany.
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noun dialect, mainly Northwest English
  1. an island in a river, lake, or estuary
  2. low flat land near a river

Word Origin

Old English holm sea, island; related to Old Saxon holm hill, Old Norse holmr island, Latin culmen tip


  1. short for holm oak
  2. mainly British a dialect word for holly

Word Origin

C14: variant of obsolete holin, from Old English holegn holly
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Word Origin and History for holm


late Old English, from Old Norse holmr "small island, especially in a bay or river," also "meadow by a shore," or cognate Old Danish hulm "low lying land," from Proto-Germanic *hul-maz, from PIE root *kel- "to rise, be elevated, be prominent; hill" (see hill). Obsolete, but preserved in place names. Cognate Old English holm (only attested in poetic language) meant "sea, ocean, wave."

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