fir·​ma·​ment ˈfər-mə-mənt How to pronounce firmament (audio)
: the vault or arch of the sky : heavens
Stars twinkled in the firmament.
obsolete : basis
: the field or sphere of an interest or activity
the international fashion firmament
She's a rising star in the city's artistic firmament.
firmamental adjective

Examples of firmament in a Sentence

meteors flashing across the firmament the stars in the firmament twinkled ever so brightly
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Word History


Middle English, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin firmamentum, from Latin, support, from firmare

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of firmament was in the 13th century

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“Firmament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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fir·​ma·​ment ˈfər-mə-mənt How to pronounce firmament (audio)
: the arch of the sky : heavens

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