Definition of Sherlock Holmes
1 : detective; especially : one having remarkable powers of deduction
2 : a person exhibiting unusual powers of deduction in solving any problem
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Origin and Etymology of sherlock holmes
after Sherlock Holmes, detective par excellence in short stories and novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle †1930 British writer
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