1. the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health.
  2. soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment: to have one’s health; to lose one’s health.
  3. a polite or complimentary wish for a person’s health, happiness, etc., especially as a toast: We drank a health to our guest of honor.
  4. vigor; vitality: economic health.


  1. the state of being bodily and mentally vigorous and free from disease
  2. the general condition of body and mindin poor health
  3. the condition of any unit, society, etcthe economic health of a nation
  4. a toast to a person, wishing him or her good health, happiness, etc
  5. (modifier) of or relating to food or other goods reputed to be beneficial to the healthhealth food; a health store
  6. (modifier) of or relating to health, esp to the administration of healtha health committee; health resort; health service


  1. an exclamation wishing someone good health as part of a toast (in the phrases your health, good health, etc)

Old English hælþ “wholeness, a being whole, sound or well,” from Proto-Germanic *hailitho, from PIE *kailo- “whole, uninjured, of good omen” (cf. Old English hal “hale, whole;” Old Norse heill “healthy;” Old English halig, Old Norse helge “holy, sacred;” Old English hælan “to heal”). With Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)). Of physical health in Middle English, but also “prosperity, happiness, welfare; preservation, safety.”


  1. The overall condition of an organism at a given time.
  2. Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality.

see clean bill of health.

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