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 Two full moons aren't the only spectacular celestial events of October. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "How to watch Mars make its closest approach to Earth until 2035," 6 Oct. 2020 And as with most celestial sights, the darker the night sky, the better. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "The Northern Lights May Be Visible From the U.S. Tonight," 29 Sep. 2020 Security is paramount for Taureans, and any threat to their stability will be sure to have a celestial bull seeing red. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Personality of a Taurus, Explained," 27 Sep. 2020 One example is at Machu Picchu in Peru, where the Intihuatana stone, shown below, has been shown to be a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes and other significant celestial periods. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "The Benefits Of Living So Close to Canada," 20 Sep. 2020 Forced to look beyond star charts and celestial influences for answers, Strike and Robin pursue a more earthbound investigation, one that will lead, after much frustration, to a solution that is at once sad and utterly unexpected. Bill Sheehan, Washington Post, "J.K. Rowling’s ‘Troubled Blood’ is her most ambitious Robert Galbraith novel yet — and likely the most divisive," 17 Sep. 2020 Maybe this struck him as an invitation, and maybe that celestial pull was amplified by the proximity to Hollywood, where his fantasies of fame could be spun up into life. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, ""Mad Mike" Hughes Rejected Science and Chased Fame. It Killed Him.," 30 Aug. 2020 Virtual watch party features CCO principal clarinet John Kurokawa performing celestial music alongside fun facts by Dean Regas of Cincinnati Observatory. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Aug. 24-30," 22 Aug. 2020 For centuries, people associated celestial phenomena with events on Earth. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Disturbing Portents and Magical Powers," 21 Aug. 2020

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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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22 Oct 2020

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“Celestial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celestial. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for celestial


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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