heathen - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

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 uk   us   /ˈhiː.ðən/ old-fashioned disapproving offensive
(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] uk   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 Islamthe 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.
Translations of “heathen”
in Vietnamese người ngoại đạo…
in Spanish pagano…
in Thai คนนอกศาสนา…
in Malaysian orang pagan…
in French païen, ïenne…
in German der Heide/die Heidin…
in Chinese (Traditional) 無宗教信仰的, 異教徒的…
in Indonesian kafir…
in Chinese (Simplified) 无宗教信仰的, 异教徒的…
(Definition of heathen from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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

cup tie

a game between two teams trying to win a cup (= prize), especially in football

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More