|—n , pl -thens, -then|
|1.||a person who does not acknowledge the God of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam; pagan|
|2.||an uncivilized or barbaric person|
|3.||(functioning as plural) the heathen heathens collectively|
|5.||unenlightened; uncivilized; barbaric|
|6.||of or relating to heathen peoples or their religious, moral, and other customs, practices, and beliefs|
|[Old English hǣthen; related to Old Norse heithinn, Old Frisian hēthin, Old High German heidan]|
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