ethereal

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adjective ethe·re·al \i-ˈthir-ē-əl\

Definition of ethereal

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to the regions beyond the earth b :  celestial, heavenly c :  unworldly, spiritual

  2. 2 a :  lacking material substance :  immaterial, intangible b :  marked by unusual delicacy or refinement <this smallest, most ethereal, and daintiest of birds — William Beebe> c :  suggesting the heavens or heaven

  3. 3 :  relating to, containing, or resembling a chemical ether

ethereality

play \-ˌthir-ē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

etherealization

play \-ē-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

etherealize

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ethereally

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etherealness

noun

Examples of ethereal in a sentence

  1. The windows give the church an ethereal glow.

  2. <that ethereal attribute that every performer should have—charisma>

Did You Know?

If you're burning to know the history of "ethereal," you're in the right spirit to fully understand that word's etymology. The ancient Greeks believed that the Earth was composed of earth, air, fire, and water, but that the heavens and its denizens were made of a purer, less tangible substance known as either "ether" or "quintessence." Ether was often described as an invisible light or fire, and its name derives from the Greek aithein, a verb meaning "to ignite" or "to blaze." When "ethereal," the adjective kin of "ether," debuted in English in the 1500s, it referred specifically to regions beyond the Earth, but it gradually came to refer to anything heavenly or airy.

1513

First Known Use of ethereal

1513


ETHEREAL Defined for English Language Learners

ethereal

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adjective ethe·re·al \i-ˈthir-ē-əl\

Definition of ethereal for English Language Learners

  • : in heaven

  • : resembling heaven : seeming to belong to another world

  • : very delicate


ETHEREAL Defined for Kids

ethereal

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adjective ethe·re·al \i-ˈthir-ē-əl\

Definition of ethereal for Students

  1. 1 :  suggesting heaven or the heavens <ethereal music>

  2. 2 :  very delicate :  airy


Medical Dictionary

ethereal

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adjective ethe·re·al \i-ˈthir-ē-əl\

Medical Definition of ethereal

  1. :  relating to, containing, or resembling a chemical ether



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