celestial

adjective
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

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 \ 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

Adjective

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

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In another few billion years, the arrangement of celestial bodies will render total eclipses a thing of the past. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "How a Total Lunar Eclipse Works," 18 Jan. 2019 The movement of celestial bodies must really be all about us then. Steven Austad, AL.com, "Star gazing in the 21st century," 28 Apr. 2018 Those who got up at 4 a.m. or so for a chance to see the event, which peaked about 5:30 a.m., were mostly disappointed as low clouds prevented celestial viewing across the region. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "People across Seattle area got up early to see #SuperBlueBloodMoon — but saw clouds instead," 31 Jan. 2018 Guests were instantly transported deeper into their imaginations, enjoying the celestial backdrop and each other's company. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "The Fashion Week Weary Found Refuge at DVF's Botanical Oasis," 11 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, Uranus’s entire polar region is currently ensconced in white, like a cockeyed celestial skullcap. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Hubble Observes Ice Giant Vortexes and Polar Storms on Neptune and Uranus," 9 Feb. 2019 Adding to designer Hillary Taymour’s desire to imbue the Fall 2019 season with as much fluorescent color as possible were the celestial, eye-level accents. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Tie-Dye Eye Makeup Will Take You From Fashion Week to Summer Music Festivals," 8 Feb. 2019 The space, which includes an enormous domed instrument for tracking celestial bodies, is modeled on the Jai Prakash Yantra timepiece at Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, India. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "James Turrell’s New Masterpiece in the Desert," 14 Jan. 2019 Inspired by the iridescent colors of the aurora borealis, Chantecaille’s new celestial polishes ensure out-of-this-world nails, free of harsh chemicals and formaldehydes, too. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "13 New Beauty Products Worth the Hype in 2019," 9 Jan. 2019

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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 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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