from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The overall condition of an organism at a given time.
  • n. Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality.
  • n. A condition of optimal well-being: concerned about the ecological health of the area.
  • n. A wish for someone's good health, often expressed as a toast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A state of well-being or balance, often physical but sometimes also mental and social; the overall level of function of an organism from the cellular (micro) level to the social (macro) level.
  • n. Physical condition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being hale, sound, or whole, in body, mind, or soul; especially, the state of being free from physical disease or pain.
  • n. A wish of health and happiness, as in pledging a person in a toast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Soundness of body; that condition of a living organism and of its various parts and functions which conduces to efficient and prolonged life; a normal bodily condition.
  • n. In an extended use, the general condition of the body with reference to the degree of soundness and vigor, whether normal or impaired: as, good health; ill health; how is your health?
  • n. Natural vigor of the faculties; moral or intellectual soundness.
  • n. Power of healing, or giving health; capacity for restoring, strengthening, enlightening, purifying, etc.: chiefly in Scripture.
  • n. A salutation or a toast; an invocation of health and happiness for another: as, to drink a health to one.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease
  • n. the general condition of body and mind


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English helthe, from Old English hǣlth; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.

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From Middle English helthe, from Old English hǣlþ.


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