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Coined by H. J. Whitley, from holly +‎ wood. It refers to toyon, a common shrub in the area.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. An area in Los Angeles, known as the center of the American motion picture industry.
  2. (by extension) The American motion picture industry, regardless of location.
    • 2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 55:
      Even without hovering drones, a lurking assassin, a thumping score and a denouement, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, a rogue spy on the run, could be straight out of the cinema. But, as with Hollywood, the subplots and exotic locations may distract from the real message: America’s discomfort and its foes’ glee.
  3. A village in Wythall parish, Bromsgrove district, Worcestershire, England (OS grid ref SP0877).

Derived terms[edit]



Hollywood (comparative more Hollywood, superlative most Hollywood)

  1. Resembling or relating to the Hollywood movie industry.
    • 2002, Jon E. Lewis, Hollywood v. Hard Core: How the Struggle Over Censorship Created the Modern Film Industry[1], pages 168-169:
      As many critics pointed out, the timely (but mostly tame and light) comedy was not too controversial, but too popular, too American, and too Hollywood to headline a festival that was scheduled to screen the likes of Robert Bresson's Un Feme Douce, Jean-Luc Godard's Le Gai Savior, Eric Rohmer's My Night at Maud's, Agnes Varda's Lion's Love, Paola Pier Pasolini's Pigpen, and Bo Widenberg's Adelen '31.
    • 2007, Jason Isbell, "Dress Blues":
      What did they say when they shipped you away to fight somebody's Hollywood war?
    • 2013, Marc Raymond, Hollywood's New Yorker: The Making of Martin Scorsese[2], page 68:
      The film is at once too Hollywood and too realistic. It is tied to genre conventions while stylistically following the new code of realism, especially with regard to mise-en-scène and performance.
  2. Of or characteristic of a Hollywood film.
    • 2002, Kirse Granat May, "Golden State, Golden Youth":
      A Time reporter called Reagan "Hollywood handsome and remarkably youthful in appearance", a candidate who had "rattled political seismographs from coast to coast."


Hollywood (plural Hollywoods)

  1. A waxing practice that removes all of the pubic hair, unlike a Brazilian which leaves a small strip behind.
    • 2009, Shane Watson, How to Meet a Man After Forty and Other Midlife Dilemmas:
      If you ask the woman who does your waxing she will tell you that everyone is asking for Brazilians or Hollywoods, including Gwyneth Paltrow []

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Proper noun[edit]

Hollywood ?

  1. Hollywood



Borrowed from English Hollywood.


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Hollywood f

  1. Hollywood (a neighbourhood of Los Angeles)
  2. Hollywood (the American motion picture industry)


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Hollywood m

  1. Hollywood (an area in Los Angeles)
  2. Hollywood (the American motion picture industry)