or cheth

[ het, hes; Sephardic Hebrew khet; Ashkenazic Hebrew khes ]

  1. the eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

  2. the sound represented by this letter.

Origin of heth

First recorded in 1895–1900, heth is from the Hebrew word ḥeth literally, enclosure

Words Nearby heth

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How to use heth in a sentence

  • She had seen in his great dignity the man who had given to the House of heth the last full measure of his confidence.

    V. V.'s Eyes | Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • Pender's division formed on the right of heth's and both pressed forward in the face of volleying musketry and thundering cannon.

    Reminiscences of a Rebel | Wayland Fuller Dunaway
  • "'Tis very lonesome for 'ee in the heth tonight, mis'ess," said Christian, coming from the seclusion he had hitherto maintained.

    Return of the Native | Thomas Hardy
  • People who shrink from the plain word often soften it to faix or haith (or heth in Ulster).

  • And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a burying-place by the sons of heth.

British Dictionary definitions for heth



/ (hɛt, Hebrew xɛt) /

  1. the eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet (ח), transliterated as h and pronounced as a pharyngeal fricative

Origin of heth

from Hebrew

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