Definition of Oliver Wendell Holmes from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Oliver Wendell Holmes

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(1809-94) a US doctor and writer of stories and poems. In 1857, they began to be published in The Atlantic magazine, and his famous 'Breakfast Table' conversations were later collected in several books. His poems include The Chambered Nautilus and Old Ironsides. Holmes also taught medicine at Harvard University (1847-82).Holmes's son, Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior (1841-1935), became one of the wisest and most respected judges on the US Supreme Court (1902-32). see also falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater