- a small island in a river or lake, near the mainland or a larger island: used chiefly in place names
- low, flat land by a river or stream; bottoms
Origin of holmMiddle English from OE, sea: sense influenced, influence by Old Norse holmr, island from Indo-European base an unverified form kel-, to project from source hill
- holm oak
- Dial. holly
Origin of holmaltered from holn, form of Middle English holin: see holly
Origin of holmMiddle English from Old Norse hōlmr ; see kel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A common evergreen oak, of Europe, Quercus ilex; the holm oak.
Alteration of hollin.
- Land that is liable to flooding; a river island.
- (dialect, chiefly West Yorkshire) an islet, sometimes with holly bushes.
From Old Norse holmi, holmr (“islet”), from the Proto-Germanic *hulmaz, from Proto-Indo-European root *kel (“to rise, be elevated, be prominent; hill”). Cognate with Old English holm (“sea, ocean, wave”), Old Saxon holm, Old Danish hulm, Middle Low German holm, German Holm, Middle Dutch holm, Swedish holme,