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[het, hes; Sephardic Hebrew khet; Ashkenazic Hebrew khes] /hɛt, hɛs; Sephardic Hebrew xɛt; Ashkenazic Hebrew xɛs/
the eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
the sound represented by this letter.
Origin of heth
1895-1900; < Hebrew ḥeth literally, enclosure Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mrs. heth was entertaining a lunch-party of seven ladies, her contemporaries, at two o'clock this day.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • "I heard the way you handled heth Sutton," he said, plunging in.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Was made sure to Abraham for a possession, in the sight of the children of heth, and of all that went in at the gate of his city.

  • In the preceding chapter we have seen what the Bible has to tell us about 'the children of heth.'

    The Hittites A. H. Sayce
  • Here, on the next seat, sat that "strong necessity" which had impelled Vivian to attack Mr. heth in the papers.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of heth.

  • Eversley was a democratic parish of "heth croppers," and there were few gentry within its borders.

    Home Life of Great Authors Hattie Tyng Griswold
  • If we succeeded in beating heth, we could then turn upon Marshall.

  • heth had been wounded, and Pettigrew was in command of the division.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • "Overgrown with heth and mosse," says Leland of the same dark sweep of country.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for heth


/hɛt; Hebrew xɛt/
the eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ח), transliterated as h and pronounced as a pharyngeal fricative
Word Origin
from Hebrew
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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heth in the Bible

dread, a descendant of Canaan, and the ancestor of the Hittites (Gen. 10:18; Deut. 7:1), who dwelt in the vicinity of Hebron (Gen. 23:3, 7). The Hittites were a Hamitic race. They are called "the sons of Heth" (Gen. 23:3, 5, 7, 10, 16, 18, 20).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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