Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “heathen”

See all translations

heathen

adjective  /ˈhi·ðən/ disapproving us  
(used, esp. in the past, of people or their way of life, activities, and ideas) having no religion, or belonging to a religion that is not Christianity, Judaism, or Islam
heathen
noun [C]  /ˈhi·ðən/ ( plural heathen or heathens) us  
disapproving Those folks are heathens.
Translations of “heathen”
in Spanish pagano…
in French païen, ïenne…
in German der Heide/die Heidin…
in Chinese (Traditional) 無宗教信仰的, 異教徒的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 无宗教信仰的, 异教徒的…
(Definition of heathen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of heathen?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “heathen” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

comma

the symbol , used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More