- a tract of open and uncultivated land; wasteland overgrown with shrubs.
- any of various low-growing evergreen shrubs common on such land, as the common heather, Calluna vulgaris.
- any plant of the genus Erica, or of the family Ericaceae.
Origin of heath
- Sir Edward (Richard George),1916–2005, British statesman: prime minister 1970–74.
Related Words for heathgrassland, pasture, prairie, plain, meadow, expanse, field, steppe, plateau, rug, carpet, lea, pasturage, heath, mead, veldt, flat, level, tundra, moor
Examples from the Web for heath
Contemporary Examples of heath
Margaret Thatcher had served under the Heath regime as Education Secretary and witnessed the miners topple the Conservative Party.‘Pride’: The Feel-Good Movie of the Year, and the Film Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Want You to See
October 13, 2014
The Ministry of Heath is said to have ordered Sawyer not to travel.How Bureaucrats Let Ebola Spread to Nigeria
August 14, 2014
The other top contender for Best Actor that year was Heath Ledger, who himself died of an accidental drug overdose in 2008.NYPD: We Have Hoffman’s Diary
February 5, 2014
The first Iron Man, the last Iron Man, The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger, whichever one that was.Dane Dehaan Is Hollywood’s Homicidal Darling
October 20, 2013
“Heath Ledger is an embarrassment too [sic] all Australians,” wrote another.‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Fans Need to Chill
September 5, 2013
Historical Examples of heath
He went by Fulham and Putney, for the pleasure of strolling over the heath.Little Dorrit
They did as he said, and walked about the Heath for nearly an hour.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
There was a race-course behind the hotel on the Heath, but the races have been suppressed.Hampstead and Marylebone
Geraldine Edith Mitton
Sir Walter, therefore, kept these back, and gave them later to Heath's Keepsake.Sir Walter Scott
It could not have been on the side of the heath or I should have seen him.The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
- British a large open area, usually with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation, esp heather
- Also called: heather any low-growing evergreen ericaceous shrub of the Old World genus Erica and related genera, having small bell-shaped typically pink or purple flowers
- any of several nonericaceous heathlike plants, such as sea heath
- Australian any of various heathlike plants of the genus Epacris : family Epacridaceae
- any of various small brown satyrid butterflies of the genus Coenonympha, with coppery-brown wings, esp the large heath (C. tullia)
Word Origin for heath
- Sir Edward (Richard George). 1916–2005, British statesman; leader of the Conservative Party (1965–75); prime minister (1970–74)
Old English hæð "untilled land, tract of wasteland," earlier "heather," influenced by Old Norse heiðr "field," from Proto-Germanic *haithiz (cf. Old Saxon hetha, Old High German heida "heather," Dutch heide "heath," Gothic haiþi "field"), from PIE *kaito "forest, uncultivated land" (cf. Old Irish ciad, Welsh coed, Breton coet "wood, forest").