holly etymology

English word holly comes from Middle English (1100-1500) holyn, Proto-Germanic *hailzą, Proto-Germanic - gaz, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) hal (Sound, healthy, intact. Whole, undivided.)

Detailed word origin of holly

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
holyn Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
*hailzą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
- gaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
hal Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Sound, healthy, intact. Whole, undivided.
*hailagaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Holy, sacred.
halig Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Holy, sacred; pious; sound, healthy.
hāleġ Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
holliche Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
holly English (eng) (with a qualifier) Any of several unrelated plant species likened to Ilex because of their prickly, evergreen foliage and/or round, bright-red berries. Any of various shrubs or (mostly) small trees, of the genus Ilex, either evergreen or deciduous, used as decoration especially at Christmas.. The wood from this tree.

Words with the same origin as holly

Descendants of holyn
halibut holiness holy
Descendants of *hailzą
arsehole ditch hail hale hold hole shithole whole wholesale wholesome wormhole
Descendants of - gaz
allegiance almighty dreary greed greedy hallowed handy handyman lea leigh liege mighty pretty sorry