Definition of holly noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhɒli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːli//
(pl. hollies) [uncountable, countable]
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a bush or small tree with hard shiny leaves with sharp points and bright red berries in winter, often used as a decoration at Christmas a sprig of holly Word OriginMiddle English holi, shortened form of Old English holegn, holen, of Germanic origin; related to German Hulst.
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