What does heather mean?

Definitions for heather
ˈhɛð ərheather

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. heather, ling, Scots heather, broom, Calluna vulgarisnoun

    common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere

  2. heather mixture, heathernoun

    interwoven yarns of mixed colors producing muted greyish shades with flecks of color


  1. heathernoun

    An evergreen plant, Calluna vulgaris, with spiky leaves and small purple, pink, or white flowers.

  2. heathernoun

    The Ericaceae family.

  3. heathernoun

    Various species of the genus Erica.

  4. heathernoun

    Various species of the genus Cassiope.

  5. heatheradjective

    Of a purple colour with a tint with pink and blue.

  6. Heathernoun

    from the English noun heather. Popular in the end of the 20th century.


  1. heather

    Heather is a common name for small, shrub-like plants of the genus Calluna, most commonly known as Calluna vulgaris, that are native to Europe, Asia and North America. They are evergreen plants known for their small, bell-shaped flowers, usually in shades of purple, pink or white. The term "heather" is also used more broadly to refer to similar plants in the Ericaceae family. Heather can additionally refer to a color, a pale shade of grayish-purple, pink, green or blue, often used in the textile industry. It can also be a feminine given name.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heathernoun


  2. Etymology: [See Heath.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heather

    heth′ėr, n. the Scotch name for the native species of the Linnæan genus Erica, called in the north of England Ling, esp. Erica (now Calluna) vulgaris, Common Heather, and Erica cinerea, Fine-leaved Heath or Lesser Bell-heather.—adj. of the colour of heather.—ns. Heath′er-ale, a famous liquor traditionally brewed in Scotland from the bells of heather; Heath′er-bell, a name given to Erica tetralix (or specially to its blossom), and sometimes also to Erica cinerea.—adj. Heath′ery, of or pertaining to heather.—Set the heather on fire, to create a disturbance; Take to the heather, to become an outlaw. [Usually derived from heath.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Heather is ranked #20239 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Heather surname appeared 1,315 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Heather.

    91.4% or 1,203 total occurrences were White.
    2.5% or 33 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 28 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.9% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heather in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heather in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of heather in a Sentence

  1. Paul Masterton:

    I often go up there to enjoy wildlife [and]we got up at 4 a.m. and try to be there for first light as its the best time to spot wildlife, the heather is blooming right now, we have not seen any deer there before. There was a mum roe deer and two little ones, like real-life Bambis.

  2. Linda Salsbery:

    Burns High School's total hysteria. Heather Moss get on the Internet and there's so much misinformation, those guys aren't here to kill anybody. They just decided to take a stand somewhere. They're 60 miles from town.

  3. Richard Gowan:

    If State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is nominated and approved, people will be interested to see whether State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert's willing and able to do the diplomatic toil or whether State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert will see this as an extension of the spokesman position and focus more on presentation of Richard Gowan position before the Security Council.

  4. Nicholas Hammond:

    It was 10 seconds before anybody realized there were only six kids in the boat, not seven, all those crew guys went rushing into the lake and pulled Kym up, and she promptly threw up all over Heather Menzies (Louisa)!

  5. Star Wars:

    Heather Hrutkay posted. The grandmother can be seen swinging her Jedi weapon this way and that as she screams and dances with joy. Star Wars baddie Maul is going to get me for sure. Ahhh !

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    A eminent
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