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, empyreal, empyrean, ethereal, heavenly, supernal

Antonyms: Adjective

chthonic (also chthonian), hellish, infernal, plutonian, sulfurous, Tartarean

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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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Physically, of course, this quartet displays a pattern, the sun being the celestial version of earthly fire and rain being the heavenly variant of terrestrial streams and ponds. Andrew Stark, WSJ, "‘Living With the Gods’ Review: The Gang’s All Here," 16 Nov. 2018 In the past few decades, astronomers have found more and more potentially habitable planets around these celestial objects. Loren Grush, The Verge, "A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star," 14 Nov. 2018 Like their celestial spirit animal, Taureans enjoy relaxing in serene, bucolic environments, surrounded by soft sounds, soothing aromas, and succulent flavors. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 This creates, in effect, an armada of tiny telescopes, each hyper-focused on a single celestial sight. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "A Heavenly Disk To Map The Universe," 13 Aug. 2018 Neutrinos' ghostly quality also means they can be used to probe celestial objects light can't penetrate. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 Neutrinos' ghostly quality also means they can be used to probe celestial objects light can't penetrate. Sarah Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect 'ghost particles' from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 Visitors can observe the stars, planets and other celestial objects through telescopes. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Things to do in metro Detroit for the week of July 1 and beyond," 1 July 2018 While organic molecules are commonly considered molecules of life, it's known that they can be created on planets by nonbiological processes and delivered to planets by comets, asteroids, and other celestial objects. David Freeman /, NBC News, "Mars rover Curiosity's new findings hailed as 'breakthroughs in astrobiology'," 7 June 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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