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 celestial (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 For the first time in centuries, the planets Jupiter and Saturn will cross paths in the night sky Monday, a rare celestial phenomenon made all the more special by falling on the winter solstice. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, 21 Dec. 2020 But no special celestial events were needed this year to lure visitors hungry for outdoor destinations like Yellowstone—based mostly in Wyoming, with sections in Idaho and Montana. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Sep. 2021 With the Perseid meteor shower upon us, and a number of celestial events still to come this year, this Sonoma stargazing package is definitely the over-the-top experience to book in 2021. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 12 Aug. 2021 Some astronomers, particularly those who study the dynamics of celestial bodies, emphasize the puny influence of Pluto’s gravity in its cosmic neighborhood. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 27 Aug. 2021 The rebellious planet has been one of the most active and chaotic celestial bodies of 2021, according to Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer for Astrology.com and author of Moon Signs: Unlock Your Inner Luminary Power. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 19 Aug. 2021 The Perseid meteor shower will reach its celestial peak overnight. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 11 Aug. 2020 Although the latter went idle after 1956, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance continued strong and began inspiring related events which, like celestial bodies to the sun, were drawn into orbit around the greater luminary, Pebble. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 19 Aug. 2021 Where astrology relies on tracking celestial bodies, tarot cards divine meaning through the drawing of cards. CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Quanta Magazine spoke with Coppari about how the terrestrial can provide insight into the celestial. Quanta Magazine, 15 June 2021

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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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11 Oct 2021

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“Celestial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celestial. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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