[hol-ee-woo d]


the NW part of Los Angeles, Calif.: center of the American motion-picture industry.
a city in SE Florida, near Miami: seaside resort.

Related formsHol·ly·wood·ite, Hol·ly·wood·er, noun
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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!


    Anna Balmer Myers

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


    Edna Ferber

  • At about this point she vanished, bound for Hollywood and the movies.


    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
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hollywood in Culture


District of Los Angeles.


Center of the American film industry.
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