Meaning of “heathen” in the English Dictionary

"heathen" in British English

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heathenadjective

uk /ˈhiː.ðən/ us /ˈhiː.ðən/ old-fashioned disapproving offensive

heathennoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhiː.ðən/ us /ˈhiː.ðən/

old use disapproving offensive a person who has no religion, or who belongs to a religion that is not Christianity, Judaism, or Islam

the heathen [ plural ] old-fashioned

heathen people:

Those who attempted to convert the heathen were put to death.

humorous someone who behaves as if they are not educated:

He's such a heathen - he's never even heard of Puccini.

(Definition of “heathen” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heathen" in American English

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heathenadjective

us /ˈhi·ðən/ disapproving

(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 ] us /ˈhi·ðən/ plural heathen or heathens

disapproving

Those folks are heathens.

(Definition of “heathen” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)