noun, plural hol·lies.
Origin of holly
Definition for holly (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for holly
Deck your halls instead with boughs of holly, shouting “Merry Christmas” (or “Happy Hanukkah”) well into the night.
From the religious (‘The Holly and the Ivy’) to the secular (‘The Chipmunk Song’), my top 20.
Something tells me Holly Golightly would have thoroughly approved.
In the first chapter, rebellious Holly Sykes runs away from home and headlong into the melancholy perils of first love.David Mitchell’s ‘The Bone Clocks’ Is Fun But Mostly Empty Calories|William O’Connor|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sam's family lives next to Holly's family in Oxford and we're all looking forward to watching the children grow up together.
Help me to be as true as the holly that keeps itself red through the snow.Leaves of Life|Margaret Bird Steinmetz
The approach was through an old-fashioned garden, with holly hedges, and broad, green terrace walks.
There was a woman standing in the door, who, however, does not observe her—cannot—a hedge of holly between.Gwen Wynn|Mayne Reid
This, in conjunction with the loss of supplies at Holly Springs, compelled the entire army to subsist upon the country.The History of Company A, Second Illinois Cavalry|Samuel H. Fletcher
Grandmother, in her clean stuff gown and apron, is mounted upon a chair to stick a twig of holly on the tall clock in the corner.Christmas|Various
British Dictionary definitions for holly (1 of 2)
noun plural -lies
Word Origin for holly
British Dictionary definitions for holly (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for holly
mid-15c., earlier holin (mid-12c.), shortening of Old English holegn "holly," from Proto-Germanic *hulin- (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German hulis, Old Norse hulfr, Middle Dutch huls, Dutch, German hulst "holly"), cognate with Middle Irish cuilenn, Welsh celyn, Gaelic cuilionn "holly," probably all from PIE root *kel- "to prick" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kolja "to prick," Russian kolos "ear of corn"), in reference to its leaves. French houx "holly" is from Frankish *huls or some other Germanic source.