follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

holm1

[hohm] /hoʊm/
noun, British Dialect
1.
a low, flat tract of land beside a river or stream.
2.
a small island, especially one in a river or lake.
Origin of holm1
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English holm; cognate with Old Norse holm islet, Danish holm, Swedish holme a small island, German Holm hill, island, Latin columen, culmen summit; see hill

holm2

[hohm] /hoʊm/
noun
1.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English, by dissimilation from holn, Old English holen holly

Holm

[hohlm] /hoʊlm/
noun
1.
Hanya [hahn-ye] /ˌhɑn yɛ/ (Show IPA), 1895?–1992, U.S. dancer, choreographer, and teacher; born in Germany.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for holm
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • In preparation for his visit to holm Oaks he shaved his beard and had some clothes sent down from London.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • The holm oak, ilex, is so called from its holly-like leaves.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • Ive told holm a hundred times, and now here is the beggar away sick and I am left to pay the piper.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • Taking an Icelander, by the name of holm, as his guide, he entered Lapland.

    Louis Philippe John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • A northern or Erse word to express a rock broken from a cliff, as the holm in Orkney and Shetland.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for holm

holm1

/həʊm/
noun (dialect, mainly Northwest English)
1.
an island in a river, lake, or estuary
2.
low flat land near a river
Word Origin
Old English holm sea, island; related to Old Saxon holm hill, Old Norse holmr island, Latin culmen tip

holm2

/həʊm/
noun
1.
short for holm oak
2.
(mainly Brit) a dialect word for holly
Word Origin
C14: variant of obsolete holin, from Old English holegnholly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for holm
n.

late Old English, from Old Norse holmr "small island, especially in a bay or river," also "meadow by a shore," or cognate Old Danish hulm "low lying land," from Proto-Germanic *hul-maz, from PIE root *kel- "to rise, be elevated, be prominent; hill" (see hill). Obsolete, but preserved in place names. Cognate Old English holm (only attested in poetic language) meant "sea, ocean, wave."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for holm

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for holm

9
10
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for holm