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celestial

adjective ce·les·tial \ sə-ˈles-chəl , -ˈlesh- , -ˈles-tē-əl \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of celestial

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
3 a : 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

celestially

play \-chə-lē, -tē-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of celestial in a Sentence

  1. stars, planets, asteroids, and other celestial bodies

  2. The late afternoon sunlight gave the room a celestial glow.

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Origin and Etymology of celestial

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


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celestial

noun

Definition of celestial

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

First Known Use of celestial

1573


CELESTIAL Defined for Kids

celestial

adjective ce·les·tial \ sə-ˈles-chəl \

Definition of celestial for Students

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


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