n) KEY NOUN: pl. hea·thens
- One who adheres to the religion of a people or nation that does not acknowledge the God of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.
- Such persons considered as a group; the unconverted.
- One who is regarded as irreligious, uncivilized, or unenlightened.
- Such persons considered as a group.
Middle English hethen
, from Old English hthen
; see kaito-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:heathen(Adjective)