- any of various heaths, especially Calluna vulgaris, of England and Scotland, having small, pinkish-purple flowers.
- (of a yarn or fabric color) subtly flecked or mottled: all-cotton turtlenecks in your choice of five solid colors plus heather gray and heather green.
Origin of heather
- a female given name.
Related Words for heatherdusty, drab, grey, silvery, stone, lead, slate, neutral, pearly, powder, iron, dappled, shaded, clouded, ash, heather, silvered, Dove, oyster, ashen
Examples from the Web for heather
Contemporary Examples of heather
Cal Poly Pomona student Heather DeCosta described it as “kind of just boxing us in at all four sides of the street.”Dispatch From USC Protests over Ferguson
Maya Richard Craven
November 30, 2014
No one cut the interview short and, as Heather helpfully pointed out, “You are free to leave.”North Korea’s Propaganda Art Exhibit in London
November 6, 2014
Before Lehman, she told me in 2010, was a nine-year relationship with a guy with one leg: “My Heather Mills,” Rivers called him.Joan Rivers: 'Death Is Like Plastic Surgery'
September 4, 2014
Check out this fine sampling from the likes of Karen Shirely, Margalit Fox, and the most-talented, Heather Lende.The Day the Fairytale Died
July 12, 2014
In 2007, Heather Mills—an amputee and alpine skier (and yes, the former wife of Paul McCartney)—danced on the show.How Paralympian Amy Purdy Dances Like a Star
April 30, 2014
Historical Examples of heather
I left the village in the gathering gloom and was soon out on the heather.Yorkshire Painted And Described
"I'll put them on whan I come to the heather," she concluded.Salted With Fire
Straucht up hill throuw the heather, and I'll put my sheen on!'
In pure obedience he rose from the heather, and sat upon the stone.
Like one in a dream he followed, his head hanging, his eyes on the heather.
- Also called: ling, heath a low-growing evergreen Eurasian ericaceous shrub, Calluna vulgaris, that grows in dense masses on open ground and has clusters of small bell-shaped typically pinkish-purple flowers
- any of certain similar plants
- a purplish-red to pinkish-purple colour
- of a heather colour
- of or relating to interwoven yarns of mixed coloursheather mixture
Word Origin for heather
Word Origin and History for heather
early 14c., hathir, from Old English *hæddre, Scottish or northern England dialect name for Calluna vulgaris, probably altered by heath, but real connection to that word is unlikely [Liberman, OED]. Perhaps originally Celtic. As a fem. proper name little used in U.S. before 1935, but a top-15 name for girls born there 1971-1989.