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.

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No other explanation came with the vague statement, but the show's been around for nothing short of a TV eternity. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' Has Been Cancelled After 20 Years," 25 May 2019 The world excitedly welcomed the royal baby only a week ago, after what felt like an eternity. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Plan to Raise Baby Archie as a "Private Citizen"," 13 May 2019 After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, the BTS and Halsey collaboration has officially arrived. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "BTS and Halsey Released Their “Boy with Luv” Music Video," 12 Apr. 2019 Patches, as free and minor updates are called, became a valuable tool for smoothing out glitches that, in a previous era, would hamstring games for eternity. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google's 'Stadia' Is the Latest Attack in the War on Games You Can Actually Own," 19 Mar. 2019 Lover of literature, published poet, and Shakespeare aficionado John Michael Stanko passed through nature to eternity on Saturday April 28, 2018. Hartford Courant,, "John Michael Stanko," 2 May 2018 After all, Porsche had just fitted magnesium wheels to the GT2 RS, which cut 0.6 seconds off his lap times, an eternity at this level of driving. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Driving the Porsche GT3 RS and GT2 RS, the New Quickest Production Cars," 5 Apr. 2019 Nineteen months from Election Day, a political eternity during which plenty can change, Democrats are looking at Plan B in Senate races around the country. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "For ’20 Dems, more targets but uphill slog to win Senate," 31 Mar. 2019 The synth-y, pop-heavy songs create the perfect breakup mix that people everywhere will by jamming to for the rest of eternity. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Signs That Ariana Grande’s “Ghostin” Lyrics Are About Mac Miller and Pete Davidson," 8 Feb. 2019

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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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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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