\ ˈhēth How to pronounce heath (audio) \

Definition of heath

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1a : a tract of wasteland
b : an extensive area of rather level open uncultivated land usually with poor coarse soil, inferior drainage, and a surface rich in peat or peaty humus
2a : any of a family (Ericaceae, the heath family) of shrubby dicotyledonous and often evergreen plants that thrive on open barren usually acid and ill-drained soil especially : an evergreen subshrub of either of two genera (Erica and Calluna) with whorls of needlelike leaves and clusters of small flowers
b : any of various plants that resemble true heaths


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\ ˈhēth How to pronounce Heath (audio) \

Definition of Heath (Entry 2 of 2)

Sir Edward (Richard George) 1916–2005 British prime minister (1970–74)

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Other Words from heath


heathless \ ˈhēth-​ləs How to pronounce Heath (audio) \ adjective
heathlike \ ˈhēth-​ˌlīk How to pronounce Heath (audio) \ adjective
heathy \ ˈhē-​thē How to pronounce Heath (audio) \ adjective

Examples of heath in a Sentence

Noun not much grows on the heath besides heather drove through a vast, empty heath that seemingly had no end

First Known Use of heath


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for heath


Middle English heth, from Old English hǣth; akin to Old High German heida heather, Old Welsh coit forest

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The first known use of heath was before the 12th century

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“Heath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heath. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heath

: an area of land that is covered with grass and small shrubs


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Kids Definition of heath

1 : a low, woody, and often evergreen plant that grows chiefly on poor wet soil
2 : a usually open level area of land on which heaths can grow

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