Holmesian

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Holmes +‎ -ian

Adjective[edit]

Holmesian (comparative more Holmesian, superlative most Holmesian)

  1. Of or pertaining to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes or his investigations, methods, or sayings.
    Holmesian powers of observation

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Noun[edit]

Holmesian (plural Holmesians)

  1. A fan of the character Sherlock Holmes; one who studies or enjoys the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
    • 2005, Mary Ellen Snodgrass, Encyclopedia of Gothic Literature, Facts on File (2005), ISBN 9781438109114, page 179:
      So great a protest arose from 20,000 Holmesians, including Queen Victoria and her family, that Doyle revived the character in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902), “The Adventure of the Empty House” (1903), and “The Adventure of the Second Stain” (1904).
    • 2010, Steven Doyle & David A. Crowder, Sherlock Holmes for Dummies, Wiley Publishing, Inc. (2010), ISBN 9780470503423, page 290:
      After the decision was made, a group of local Holmesians in charge of planning the exhibition decided to re-create the sitting room at 221b Baker Street.
    • 2010, Ellen Gray, "Get clued in on the 'Masterpiece Mystery!: Sherlock' miniseries", Philadelphia Inquirer, 21 October 2010:
      Sunday's episode, the first of three installments, is "A Study in Pink," a nod to the 1887 Doyle novel "A Study in Scarlet" that introduced the Holmes character and a title that could be the equivalent of waving a red flag in front of traditional Holmesians.

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