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

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Examples of firmament in a Sentence

meteors flashing across the firmament the stars in the firmament twinkled ever so brightly
Recent Examples on the Web That Pigasse is the one leaving says much about where his star is currently placed in the firmament of the French elite. Washington Post, "Paris Has Room For Only One Banker-President," 21 Oct. 2019 The players and teachers who dominated the firmament in the mid-20th-century were the game’s greatest generation. Peter Nicholas, The Atlantic, "The End of the Golden Era of Chess," 5 Sep. 2019 Vogue editors like Anna Wintour, Grace Mirabella and Diana Vreeland shine brightly in the fashion firmament, but little is known about the woman who edited the magazine in the pivotal period from 1952 to 1962. Caitlin Collins,, "Mid-century fashion a la mode in new book on Vogue editor," 9 Dec. 2019 The final touch is a ribbon or bow, and the options are as varied as the fashion firmament: velvet, satin, metallic, glittery, plaid or striped, in a host of colors. Iris Van Rynbach,, "Holiday welcome: Creating a distinctive holiday wreath," 19 Nov. 2019 As a result, Schiff, who is 59, has rapidly come to occupy a unique and privileged place in the Democratic firmament. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, "Inside Adam Schiff’s Impeachment Game Plan," 5 Nov. 2019 In this world, choosing between whole vanilla beans and vanilla extract can dramatically alter the firmament of your food. Ali Bouzari,, "The molecular science behind a Larkspur shop’s blueberry ice cream," 27 Sep. 2019 Dozens of hot-air balloons that paint the firmament with color., "15 Things to do with the kids, July 1-7," 30 June 2019 In 2007, the Nevada senator John Ensign was a glittering star in the Republican firmament with a maple-syrup tan, born-again bona fides, and presidential ambitions. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Patriarchal Allure of The Family," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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24 Jan 2020

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“Firmament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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formal + literary : the sky

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