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 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 In the coming decades, there will be celestial cruises aboard Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. Nicola Twilley, Wired, "Algae Caviar, Anyone? What We'll Eat on the Journey to Mars," 11 Feb. 2020 Her mother, furious that her daughter had married a mere man, sent her celestial soldiers to return Weaver Lady to heaven. Wei Li, The Conversation, "How China does Valentine’s Day," 11 Feb. 2020 Typically, celestial chatter is limited to communications between one antenna, one spacecraft, and a receiver at a ground station here on Earth. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How a Deep Space Antenna Just 'Spoke' with Two Spacecraft at Once," 7 Feb. 2020 With thirteen full moons, two supermoons, and a blue moon during 2020, skygazers have plenty of celestial beauty to look forward to this year. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Bundle Up—A Full "Snow Moon” Is Coming February 8," 3 Feb. 2020 Australia’s Indigenous peoples, Johnson says, use sacred songlines—a complex mix of celestial references, songs, oral history, and physical and cultural landmarks—to navigate terrestrial and aquatic routes. Doug Johnson, Scientific American, "Australia’s Marine Animals Will Be Bushfires’ Unseen Victims," 2 Feb. 2020 Altogether, the telescope observed 800,000 celestial targets and churned out more than 36 million raw images as part of the $1.4 billion mission. Marcia Dunn, BostonGlobe.com, "NASA shutting down space telescope, infrared eyes to cosmos," 29 Jan. 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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“Celestial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celestial?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=celest03. Accessed 23 Feb. 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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