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From Sherlock +‎ -ian.


Sherlockian (comparative more Sherlockian, superlative most Sherlockian)

  1. Of or pertaining to Sherlock Holmes or his investigations, methods, or sayings.




Sherlockian (plural Sherlockians)

  1. A Sherlock Holmes scholar or fan; one who studies and/or appreciates the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
    • 1967, Julian Wolff, obituary:
      William S. Baring-Gould was one of our most knowledgeable Sherlockians and a scholarly, prolific writer.
    • 2009, Tirdad Derakhshani, "The screen has been unfaithful to Holmes", Los Angeles Times, 25 December 2009:
      Sherlockians generally praise two screen incarnations of Holmes: One is British actor Jeremy Brett's portrayal of the sleuth in TV series from 1984 to 1994, and the other is by Plummer in the 1979 film "Murder by Decree," which costars James Mason as Watson.
    • 2011, Joshua Hammer, Sherlock Holmes' London, New Word City (2011), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      But some Sherlockians have made a sport out of searching for the “real” 221B, parsing clues in the texts with the diligence of Holmes himself.
    • 2012, Christopher Redmond, Sherlock Holmes Handbook: Second Edition, Dundurn Press (2009), →ISBN, page 257:
      To be a “Sherlockian” (in England, a “Holmesian”) is to do more than read Sherlock Holmes with delight; it is to enter a world of trivia questions, films, parodies, interlocking societies, little magazines, T-shirts, nostalgia, and a dedication bordering on mania.