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Hol·​ly·​wood ˈhä-lē-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce Hollywood (audio)
: the American motion-picture industry
Hollywoodish adjective


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: of or characteristic of people in the American motion-picture industry
the Hollywood lifestyle
: of or characteristic of a Hollywood film
a story with a Hollywood happy ending

Examples of Hollywood in a Sentence

Noun an actor who has had a long career in Hollywood
Recent Examples on the Web
Andy Cohen has been cleared in an investigation over several allegations former Real Housewives stars leveled against him and the franchise, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2024 As The Hollywood Reporter noted at the time, Amazon is also developing its own larger TV universe for the franchise, potentially leading to the two competitive visions. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 May 2024 Goldberg writes about how her hair and makeup team helped Hollywood improve its treatment of Black talent. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 9 May 2024 Near the start of his Hollywood Bowl set, which was part of the Netflix Is a Joke festival, Rife also made a remark about the helmet fiasco. Julia MacCary, Variety, 9 May 2024 Netflix is a Joke:John Mulaney opens up about life with infant son Malcolm during Hollywood Bowl show Need a break? Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 9 May 2024 The men of Hollywood are spicing things up by ditching classic formalwear in favor of unexpected shades. Brittany Talarico, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024 The crash happened just before 6 a.m. at Sheridan Street and North 19th Avenue, said Hollywood police spokeswoman Deanna Bettineschi. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 9 May 2024 At the time, Nguyen was running an account for a grassroots marketing team that promoted events run by the L.A. Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2024
And Cohen and her team have created a slew of looks this season that are sure to catch the eye of Hollywood women and non-Hollywood women. Allyson Portee, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History



Hollywood, district of Los Angeles, California

First Known Use


1923, in the meaning defined above


1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hollywood was in 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Hollywood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hollywood. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Hol·​ly·​wood ˈhä-lē-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce Hollywood (audio)
section of Los Angeles, California northwest of the downtown district

Note: Hollywood is a major center of the U.S. motion-picture and television industries.

city in southeastern Florida north of Miami population 140,768

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