fir·​ma·​ment | \ ˈfər-mə-mənt \

Definition of firmament

1 : the vault or arch of the sky : heavens Stars twinkled in the firmament.
2 obsolete : basis
3 : the field or sphere of an interest or activity the international fashion firmament She's a rising star in the city's artistic firmament.

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Other Words from firmament

firmamental \ ˌfər-​mə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for firmament


blue, heaven(s), high, sky, welkin

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Examples of firmament in a Sentence

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

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Sketchy or not, the bigger question is whether Jurvetson is planning to become part of the Silicon Valley political firmament. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Ten big Silicon Valley money players behind this November’s U.S. midterm elections," 20 Aug. 2018 The kicker: These complaints are made very, very privately — a full admission if there ever was one that Saudi Arabia is going to stay part of the U.S. financial firmament and isn’t worth upsetting. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In the Tesla drama, Saudi Arabia reminds Silicon Valley of its weight," 13 Aug. 2018 And so was an entire generation of cosmopolitan Europeans, a firmament of millions in which the Camondos were merely one family. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "A Secret Paris Museum and an Aristocratic Family Decimated by the Holocaust," 9 Feb. 2017 Kavanaugh, a member of the football team and the captain of the basketball team, played a prominent role in Georgetown Prep’s firmament in the early 1980s. Kate Kelly, The Seattle Times, "Kavanaugh’s yearbook page is ‘horrible, hurtful’ to a woman it named," 24 Sep. 2018 Collectively, their experience in established houses name checks the French fashion firmament: Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Balenciaga (Tron); Balmain, Saint Laurent (de Saint Sernin); Maison Margiela, Dior (d’Heygere). Amy Verner, Vogue, "ANDAM Celebrates its 2018 Prize With a Très Chic Cocktail Party," 2 July 2018 The president has expanded his power throughout the Republican political firmament in an unexpectedly broad way, given his narrow 2016 victory after a campaign filled with internal party drama. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP senator urges love for LGBT youths in Pride Month speech," 14 June 2018 Few images link the realms of Earth and heaven as simply or elegantly as that of a towering tree, one rooted in the mortal world yet aspiring upwards toward the firmament. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Armenia’s “Tree of Life” Tradition Took Root Thousands of Years Ago, and Has Only Grown Since," 12 July 2018 The rapid rise in both popularity and prestige is all the more striking in light of the school’s historical place in the higher education firmament. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of firmament

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for firmament

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

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English Language Learners Definition of firmament

: the sky

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