From earlier holesome, from Middle English holsom, holsum, helsum, halsum, from Old English *hālsum, *hǣlsum, from Proto-Germanic *hailasamaz, equivalent to whole + -some. Cognate with Dutch heilzaam, Icelandic heilsamur, Swedish hälsosam (“wholesome”).
- Promoting good physical health and well-being.
- Promoting moral and mental well-being.
- Marked by wholeness; sound and healthy.
- Promoting virtue or being virtuous.