ce·​les·​tial | \ sə-ˈles-chəl How to pronounce celestial (audio) , -ˈlesh-, -ˈle-stē-əl \

Definition of celestial

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1 : of, relating to, or suggesting heaven or divinity celestial beings
2 : of or relating to the sky or visible heavens the sun, moon, and stars are celestial bodies
3a : ethereal, otherworldly celestial music
b : olympian, supreme the celestial impudence of the boy— Leonard Bacon
4 capitalized [Celestial Empire, old name for China] : of or relating to China or the Chinese
5 : eminently pleasing : delightful, heavenly It's possible that the cuisine has become even more celestial since the return of his former sous chef …— Tanya Wenman Steel



Definition of celestial (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a heavenly or mythical being
2 capitalized : chinese sense 1a

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Other Words from celestial


celestially \ sə-​ˈles-​chə-​lē How to pronounce celestially (audio) , -​ˈlesh-​ , -​ˈle-​stē-​ə-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for celestial

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of celestial in a Sentence

Adjective stars, planets, asteroids, and other celestial bodies The late afternoon sunlight gave the room a celestial glow.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Einstein theorized that gravity was the result of celestial bodies whose mass and energy bent space-time around themselves—not a force like friction or tension, or at least not only that. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Guy Is Pretty Sure His Time Machine Would Work," 6 Jan. 2020 Based on his readings of celestial bodies, 2020 will surely be a conservative year. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "What to expect in 2020? We asked the experts for predictions, and they gave us 5," 31 Dec. 2019 Orbit on over to here to peer at more celestial bodies. Shannon Stirone, Wired, "Space Photos of the Week: 2I/Borisov and Its Comet Buddies," 21 Dec. 2019 There wouldn't be any direct danger to life on earth, but ultraviolet radiation from the celestial blast could scorch ozone in our atmosphere. Ryan Prior, CNN, "A giant red star is acting weird and scientists think it may be about to explode," 26 Dec. 2019 To heighten his celestial stature in time for choir and/or the Rapture, Clarence planned and plotted daily, reprising rescue of George Bailey. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "A Christmas sports poem: Clarence earns an encore, and his halo," 24 Dec. 2019 And the yellow celestial orb looks like it is bound up in the stitching of the stars. Washington Post, "At the Hirshhorn, a showcase of recent acquisitions takes the temperature of the art world," 24 Dec. 2019 The minute-long trailer from MGM begins with Hudson silhouetted in sepiatone in some sort of celestial cosmos, singing a verse from the title song nearly a cappella, in a moody arrangement filled as much with portent as soul. NBC News, "Jennifer Hudson commands 'Respect' as Aretha Franklin in first teaser," 23 Dec. 2019 Just in time for the holidays, sky-watchers in the Northern Hemisphere may get a celestial gift this week, in the form of a flurry of shooting stars. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Meteor outburst predicted for this weekend: When and where to see it," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of celestial


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for celestial


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin caelestis celestial, from caelum sky

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Celestial.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celestial. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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ce·​les·​tial | \ sə-ˈles-chəl How to pronounce celestial (audio) \

Kids Definition of celestial

1 : of, relating to, or suggesting heaven
2 : of or relating to the sky a celestial chart

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