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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About another third called each of those moderately important. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969, became the first humans to walk on another celestial body. Anchorage Daily News, "Poll: Asteroid watch more urgent than Mars trip," 21 June 2019 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969, became the first humans to walk on another celestial body. Marcia Dunn And Emily Swanson, orlandosentinel.com, "Poll: Tracking asteroids a favored focus for space program," 19 June 2019 Lunar landscapes, made to order Any celestial body might have its creation story—but how many come with a recipe? Daniel Stone, National Geographic, "See these otherworldly landscapes—created by whisky," 17 June 2019 Aside from the Sun, Jupiter is the largest celestial body in our solar system. Wilder Davies, Time, "Jupiter Will Appear its Biggest, Brightest, and Most Visible Next Week. This Is the Best Way to See It," 6 June 2019 Satellites have shown that rotating celestial bodies twirl the fabric of the cosmos around themselves, like honey twisted by a spoon, affecting the motion of gyroscopes. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "How to Understand Einstein's Theory of Gravity," 24 May 2019 How Earth’s History Shaped Human History, Lewis Dartnell, a British astrobiologist, takes a maximalist approach, in which human history is revealed as the inevitable outcome of celestial detonations, erosion, and solar flares. Nathaniel Rich, Harper's magazine, "Ruina Mundi," 10 May 2019 These celestial about-faces can be annoying, but don't get distracted: Delays are only temporary, and the rewards of your emotional growth are here to stay. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What March's Virgo Horoscope Means for You," 28 Feb. 2018 One Aboriginal Australian communitysaw Mars as one of four wives following the moon; another saw Mars and Venus as the two eyes of a celestial being. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "Who Discovered Mars, Anyway? A Look Back at the History of the Red Planet," 27 July 2018

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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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The first known use of celestial was in the 15th century

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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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