celestial

adjective
ce·les·tial | \ sə-ˈles-chəl , -ˈlesh- , -ˈles-tē-əl \

Definition of celestial 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

celestial

noun

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

Adjective

celestially \-chə-lē, -tē-ə-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for celestial

Synonyms: Adjective

elysian, ethereal, heavenly, supernal

Antonyms: Adjective

hellish, infernal

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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.

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The best places to view the celestial event from start to finish are in eastern Africa, the Middle East, India and central Asia, according to NASA. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month," 13 July 2018 While the 2018 lunar eclipse won’t be visible from the U.S., places all around the world — including the Middle East and Greece — will be in prime locations to see the celestial event. Gabby Raymond, Time, "These Are the Best Places to See the Lunar Eclipse on July 27," 10 July 2018 Here, a celestial shopping guide for each sign to inspire you in 2018. Alice Bell, Vogue, "How to Shop in 2018, According to Your Horoscope," 10 Jan. 2018 In honoring that often-tragic passage, the artist has overlaid the flags’ simple stripes with paintings that represent poetic celestial maps. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 And now, Wet n Wild is coming out with an entire Zodiac Collection full of shimmery products that celebrate the mystical side of celestial bodies. Marci Robin, Allure, "Wet n Wild Is Launching a Super-Shimmery Zodiac Makeup Collection," 12 July 2018 There are lots of celestial bodies, but the biggest is Sirius, the dog star, and the 20 days before and the 20 days after its heliacal rising are called the dog days. Heliacal. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Dog dish: a tell-all by Bandit the Pekingese," 10 July 2018 Its pool deck offers six different water experiences, including a deck-entry pool with celestial lights, Jacuzzi spa, cold plunge pool and three Thalassotherapy spas, as well as cabanas. Robyn A. Friedman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "$29 million condo in Sunny Isles Beach comes with its own custom 'scent identity'," 9 July 2018 Duterte, however, suggested that there must be a God or a supreme being that prevents billions of stars and celestial bodies from colliding in a frequency that could have long threatened the human race. Fox News, "Philippines' Duterte vows to resign if anybody can prove God exists," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of celestial

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for celestial

Adjective

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

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celestial

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

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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