noun hol·ly \ˈhä-lē\

: a tree or bush with dark green leaves and bright red berries; also : the branches of this plant which are used for decoration especially at Christmas

plural hollies

Full Definition of HOLLY

:  any of a genus (Ilex of the family Aquifoliaceae, the holly family) of trees and shrubs; especially :  either of two (I. opaca of the eastern United States and I. aquifolium of Eurasia) with spiny-margined evergreen leaves and usually red berries often used for Christmas decorations
:  the foliage or branches of the holly

Origin of HOLLY

Middle English holin, holly, from Old English holen; akin to Old High German hulis holly, Middle Irish cuilenn
First Known Use: before 12th century
HOLLY Defined for Kids


noun hol·ly \ˈhä-lē\
plural hollies

Definition of HOLLY for Kids

:  an evergreen tree or shrub that has shiny leaves with prickly edges and red berries
Medical Dictionary


Medical Definition of HOLLY

—see sea holly
July 28, 2015
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