see also: Holly
  • (British) IPA: /ˈhɒli/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈhɑli/


  1. Any of various shrubs or (mostly) small trees, of the genus Ilex, either evergreen or deciduous, used as decoration especially at Christmas.
  2. The wood from this tree.
  3. (with a qualifier) Any of several unrelated plant species likened to Ilex because of their prickly, evergreen foliage and/or round, bright-red berries
Proper noun
  1. A female given name.
    • 1929 Joyce Lankester Brisley: More of Milly-Molly-Mandy. Chapter 8:
      Grandma said, "I used to know a little girl called Holly - she always had her dresses trimmed with red or green." Milly-Molly-Mandy thought that was quite a nice name.
    • 2006 Joyce Winters: Let Your Light Shine ISBN 160034593X page 209:
      "Holly, would you mind if I named my little girl 'Holly'? I mean, it's right around Christmas time, and I always think of holly with Christmas.
  2. Surname
  3. (rare) A male given name.

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