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



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 \ -​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


stars, planets, asteroids, and other celestial bodies The late afternoon sunlight gave the room a celestial glow.

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For their test, Collett and his collaborators focused on two galaxies in a coincidental celestial alignment, with one directly in front of the other along an Earthbound observer’s line of sight. Maya Miller, Scientific American, "Einstein’s Greatest Theory Validated on a Galactic Scale," 22 June 2018 Remember, Scorpio, full moons are celestial flashlights. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What March's Scorpio Horoscope Means for You," 28 Feb. 2018 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

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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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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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