heath·er | \ˈhe-t͟hər \

Definition of heather 

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: heath sense 2a especially : a common Eurasian heath (Calluna vulgaris) of northern and alpine regions that has small crowded sessile leaves and racemes of tiny usually purplish-pink flowers and is naturalized in the northeastern U.S.



Definition of heather (Entry 2 of 2)

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the category of age-statement blends, Aldi's Highland Black 8-year-old Scotch Whisky (heather, strawberry leaf, lemon oil) was one of three products to earn a gold medal. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Aldi whisky the best? Drinks honored by Spirits trade journal," 13 June 2018 The three-acre Heather Garden at Fort Tryon Park is a spectacle of shrubs, perennials and bulbs along with heathers and heaths that bring echoes of the Scottish Highlands to the Hudson. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Fertilize your creative spirit with these gardening books," 8 June 2018 Gardeners already know drought-tolerant Mexican heather can take the heat when planted in a pot or in the ground. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: New annuals for this year’s garden," 16 Feb. 2018 Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, a friend of the bride’s, strutted into the chapel in a light heather grey Vivienne Westwood pencil skirt and matching jacket with an asymmetric collar. Washington Post, "Oprah to Idris: Celebrities spice up royal wedding," 21 May 2018 Steve Stash of Dove Creek Nursery restored the garden to its original style as dictated by landscaper John Grant, who created experiences through a series of terraces with plantings of sedum, geranium, hosta, foxglove, heather and spirea. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 Green space abounds, most notably Fort Tryon Park, which includes a popular dog run, a heather garden where free fitness programs are offered and the New Leaf restaurant, in a building rescued from neglect in 1995 by Bette Midler and friends. Aileen Jacobson, New York Times, "Hudson Heights: A Hidden Gem, Gaining Popularity," 28 Mar. 2018 The prisoner release has reportedly been at the center of negotiations between Sweden and North Korea for several months, but last week heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman suggested a deal was not imminent. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "How the U.S. and North Korea Are Preparing for the Trump-Kim Summit," 28 Mar. 2018 The heather gray ramp was built by Jason Chapman and a crew of four people over the course of three months last year. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Why Christopher Schafer added a miniature skate park to his backyard," 21 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The pillows and blankets, which range in price from $275–$345 to $595–$695, respectively, come in off-white, heather taupe, coastal, and charcoal. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "Vince Will Launch a Home Collection This Fall," 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of heather


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heather


Middle English (northern) hather

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English Language Learners Definition of heather

: a low-growing plant of northern areas that has small leaves and tiny white or purplish-pink flowers


heath·er | \ˈhe-t͟hər \

Kids Definition of heather

: an evergreen heath of northern and mountainous areas with pink flowers and needlelike leaves

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