1. Archaic. called or named: Childe Harold was he hight.


  1. height.


  1. extent or distance upward: The balloon stopped rising at a height of 500 feet.
  2. distance upward from a given level to a fixed point: the height from the ground to the first floor; the height of an animal at the shoulder.
  3. the distance between the lowest and highest points of a person standing upright; stature: She is five feet in height.
  4. considerable or great altitude or elevation: the height of the mountains.
  5. Often heights.
    1. a high place above a level; a hill or mountain: They stood on the heights overlooking the valley.
    2. the highest part; top; apex; summit: In his dreams he reached the heights.
  6. the highest point; utmost degree: the height of power; the height of pleasure.
  7. Archaic. high rank in social status.


  1. (tr; used only as a past tense in the passive or as a past participle) archaic, poetic to name; calla maid hight Mary


  1. the vertical distance from the bottom or lowest part of something to the top or apex
  2. the vertical distance of an object or place above the ground or above sea level; altitude
  3. relatively great altitude or distance from the bottom to the top
  4. the topmost point; summit
  5. astronomy the angular distance of a celestial body above the horizon
  6. the period of greatest activity or intensitythe height of the battle
  7. an extreme example of its kindthe height of rudeness
  8. (often plural) an area of high ground
  9. (often plural) the state of being far above the groundI don’t like heights
  10. (often plural) a position of influence, fame, or powerthe giddy heights they occupied in the 1980s

“named, called” (archaic), from levelled past participle of Middle English highte, from Old English hatte “I am called” (passive of hatan “to call, name, command”) merged with heht “called,” active past tense of the same verb. Hatte was the only survival in Old English of the old Germanic synthetic passive tense. The word is related to Old Norse heita, Dutch heten, German heißen, Gothic haitan “to call, be called, command” (see cite).


Old English hiehþu, Anglian hehþo “highest part or point, summit; the heavens, heaven,” from root of heah “high” (see high) + -itha, Germanic abstract noun suffix. Cf. Old Norse hæð, Middle Dutch hoochte, Old High German hohida, Gothic hauhiþa “height.” Meaning “distance from bottom to top” is from late 13c. Meaning “excellence, high degree of a quality” is late 14c. The modern pronunciation with -t emerged 13c., but wasn’t established till 19c., and heighth is still colloquial.


  1. The distance from the base of something to the top.
  2. Stature, especially of the human body.

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