fir·​ma·​ment | \ ˈfər-mə-mənt How to pronounce firmament (audio) \

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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firmamental \ ˌfər-​mə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce firmamental (audio) \ 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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The journalist overcame the quibbling and became a star in Portland’s media firmament., "KGW anchor’s colloquial language (and local clown ignorance) sparked outrage during 1975 Rose Fest parade," 7 June 2019 The most famous example, of course, is Sally Field earning her spot high in the pop culture firmament (and a Best Actress Emmy) for her portrayal of the 13 other personalities contained within the woman at the center of the 1976 TV movie Sybil. Danielle Stein Chizzik, Town & Country, "Jodie Comer Is Hollywood’s Next Great Chameleon," 8 Apr. 2019 Columnists from across the progressive firmament agreed that the white, privileged former... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Manafort Destiny," 13 Mar. 2019 But it must be said that his economic policies have been the shining stars in a dismal policy firmament. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, "The Obama-Trump Economic Boom," 25 Feb. 2019 In Vox Lux, Brady Corbet's bleakly glittery film about a pop singer's ascent to stardom, all is not well in the firmament. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Natalie Portman's Pop Star Turn in Vox Lux Bristles with Apocalyptic Foreboding...and Glitter," 13 Dec. 2018 Rather than being eternal beacons of light, most managers live a transitory existence, illuminating the financial firmament for but a brief moment in time, only to flame out, their ashes drifting gently down to earth. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "Jack Bogle’s Bogleheads Keep Investing Simple. You Should Too.," 5 Oct. 2018 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

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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

formal + literary : the sky

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