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Hollywood

[hol-ee-woo d] /ˈhɒl iˌwʊd/
noun
1.
the NW part of Los Angeles, Calif.: center of the American motion-picture industry.
2.
a city in SE Florida, near Miami: seaside resort.
Related forms
Hollywoodite, Hollywooder, noun
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  • She knows everything about her work, more than anyone else in Hollywood, they say.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • He died in 1873 and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery at Richmond.

  • Upon its results hinged the future of Gigantic Studios, one of Hollywood's big three production companies.

    Reel Life Films Samuel Kimball Merwin
  • The lights of Hollywood glowed and they pulled up in front of the studio.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • Maybe the rumors about the girl's deformity make them curious, same as if she were a Hollywood dish.

British Dictionary definitions for Hollywood

Hollywood

/ˈhɒlɪˌwʊd/
noun
1.
a NW suburb of Los Angeles, California: centre of the American film industry. Pop: 167 664 (2000)
2.
  1. the American film industry
  2. (as modifier): a Hollywood star
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Word Origin and History for Hollywood

region near Los Angeles, named for the ranch that once stood there, which was named by Deida Wilcox, wife of Horace H. Wilcox, Kansas City real estate man, when they moved there in 1886. They began selling off building lots in 1891 and the village was incorporated in 1903. Once a quiet farming community, by 1910 barns were being converted into movie studios. The name was used generically for "American movies" from 1926, three years after the giant sign was set up, originally Hollywoodland, another real estate developer's promotion.

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Hollywood in Culture

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District of Los Angeles.

Note: Center of the American film industry.
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