eter·​ni·​ty | \ i-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce eternity (audio) \
plural eternities

Definition of eternity

1 : the quality or state of being eternal
2 : infinite time lasting throughout eternity
3 eternities plural : age sense 3b
4 : the state after death : immortality
5 : a seemingly endless or immeasurable time an eternity of delays

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Examples of eternity in a Sentence

They believed that sinners would spend eternity in hell. We suffered through an eternity of delays during the lawsuit.
Recent Examples on the Web The winner of every Browns-Colts game for the rest of eternity has already been determined. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Do you want a 2020 Browns prediction you can trust? Well, there’s no guarantee this is it," 8 Sep. 2020 Prince Harry, 35, gifted Meghan, 39, an eternity ring to mark the special occasion. Stephanie Petit,, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Celebrated Their First Wedding Anniversary in a Low-Key Way," 28 Aug. 2020 The last sign in the zodiac, Pisces understands eternity. Mary Sollosi,, "Which Katy Perry songs to listen to based on your zodiac sign," 27 Aug. 2020 On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, reporter Aimee Green talked about her story examining what’s happened since February 28 – those six months that feel both like an eternity and a flash in the pan. oregonlive, "A look at Oregon 6 months following first coronavirus case: Beat Check podcast," 25 Aug. 2020 Just 22 milliseconds is a virtual eternity for a qubit. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Extend Quantum States by 22 Milliseconds. That's an Eternity.," 21 Aug. 2020 Jingwei vows to fill the sea and spends eternity flying back and forth, dropping one pebble into the water at a time. Zoe Yang, Bon Appétit, "Pandemic Cooking Isn’t About Hope. It’s About Practical Magic," 18 Aug. 2020 And after all, next spring, when rhesus macaques will start giving birth again, is an eternity away in pandemic time. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Making a Covid-19 Vaccine Is Hard. Making One for Kids Is Harder," 14 Aug. 2020 Riders were shot 80 feet in the air to face the angry god Shiva, then swung close to stalactites and dangled upside-down over lava pits for what seemed an eternity. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "Top 10 retired Kings Island rides we'll miss the most on National Roller Coaster Day," 14 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of eternity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eternity

Middle English eternite, from Middle French eternité, from Latin aeternitat-, aeternitas, from aeternus

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The first known use of eternity was in the 14th century

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13 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Eternity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of eternity

: time without an end
: a state that comes after death and never ends
: time that seems to be without an end


eter·​ni·​ty | \ i-ˈtər-nə-tē How to pronounce eternity (audio) \
plural eternities

Kids Definition of eternity

1 : time without end
2 : the state after death
3 : a period of time that seems endless I waited an eternity.

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