ce·​les·​tial | \ sə-ˈles-chəl How to pronounce celestial (audio) , -ˈlesh-, -ˈle-stē-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



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 The Nordic country is also one of the best places to witness celestial phenomena. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "You Can See the Northern Lights and Explore Nature While Staying at This Stylish Airbnb," 9 Mar. 2020 Her guardian angel’s wings finally do drop, celestial war begins, and Marisol goes through the looking glass into poverty and homelessness. cleveland, "‘Marisol’ at Cleveland Public Theatre is a poetic visit to a parallel universe," 11 Mar. 2020 Without ever acknowledging the transition, and later never holding for applause, characters morph into both piquant soloists and members of a celestial backup chorus. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘Girl From the North Country’ Review: Bob Dylan’s Amazing Grace," 5 Mar. 2020 Then in 2019, co-chairmen Kelley Lubanko and Leigh Smith, with their husbands Stephen Lubanko and Reggie Smith, opted for a celestial affair -- again, inside the tent. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Ballet celebrates 50th anniversary with a golden, record-breaking $1.8 million gala," 25 Feb. 2020 This rare celestial alignment is known as an occultation. Editors, USA TODAY, "Boy Scouts files for bankruptcy, Harvey Weinstein trial goes to jury, Nevada debate deadline: 5 things to know Tuesday," 18 Feb. 2020 Researchers are already working on ways to grow food in space, and icy deposits that could provide water are known to exist on the Moon and other celestial bodies. The Economist, "Space exploration How to make oxygen from moondust," 23 Jan. 2020 There are a plethora of approaches used by astrologers to calculate celestial compatibility. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Zodiac Love Compatibility: Which Signs to Date — and Which to Avoid," 12 Feb. 2020 Novelist and poet Leav dedicated this celestial-themed collection to her partner and fellow author, Michael Faudet. Byangela Haupt, Washington Post, "How 12 authors turned their book dedications into grand romantic gestures," 11 Feb. 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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The first known use of celestial was in the 15th century

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28 Mar 2020

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“Celestial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celestial. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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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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