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

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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The popular meteor shower has been underway since mid-July, and on Monday night the celestial spectacle will reach its peak. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "When and where to watch the Perseid meteor shower peak tonight," 12 Aug. 2019 Which means Earth's celestial neighbor will act like a bright spotlight in the sky, dimming the view of shooting stars. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Perseid meteor shower won't be great this year, but this weekend could be good for viewing shooting stars," 7 Aug. 2019 This track hits hard with glitchy, mechanical bass drops, but still maintains the celestial flourishes and stripped down interludes to pack that hug-your-best-friend-whilst-at-the-rave emotional punch. Kat Bein, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From ILLENIUM, Pryda, ShockOne & More," 2 Aug. 2019 But there may be other spots on the moon that could yield a mother lode of scientific data—as well as the resources needed to sustain human occupation of Earth’s celestial next door neighbor. Leonard David, Scientific American, "Will Future Lunar Bases Be Underground?," 31 July 2019 Grace Farms hosts events in line with dates on the celestial calendar. Kevin Vellturo, courant.com, "Looking to the stars in honor of the moon landing? You’re not alone. These are 10 of the best stargazing spots in Connecticut," 19 July 2019 South Carolina Woman Who Gave Birth on Day of the Solar Eclipse Chose the Perfect Name for Her Baby Other celestial events’ names have similar backstories based in the natural world. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "A Full Buck Moon Will Be Visible in the Sky Tonight — But What Is It?," 16 July 2019 For just a moment, the nation stopped and watched while two of its truly best and brightest sons became the first humans to walk on another celestial body. Taylor Dinerman, National Review, "Why Apollo 11 Matters," 20 July 2019 Apollo 11 confirmed that humans were capable of landing on other celestial bodies with atmospheres and gravity fields different from those of Earth. John Johnston, Cincinnati.com, "Archives: Q&A with Neil Armstrong: ‘I like to think I am a relatively normal person who had some extraordinary experiences’," 15 July 2019

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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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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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