from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Holmes, Oliver Wendell 1809-1894. American physician and writer. A professor of anatomy and physiology at Harvard (1847-1882), he wrote humorous conversational pieces, including The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858).
  • Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr. 1841-1935. American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1902-1932). Many of his opinions greatly influenced the American concept of law.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A northern English surname, variant of Holme.
  • proper n. a Scottish habitational surname from the place near Dundonald.
  • proper n. Sherlock Holmes, fictional detective.
  • proper n. by extension, someone acting like, or showing the ability of Sherlock Holmes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Sherlock Holmes, a fictitious detective in novels by A. Conan Doyle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fictitious detective in stories by A. Conan Doyle
  • n. English geologist and supporter of the theory of continental drift (1890-1965)
  • n. United States writer of humorous essays (1809-1894)
  • n. United States jurist noted for his liberal opinions (1841-1935)


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  • Holmes is a name. It means (loosely) man of the island.

    May 23, 2009