firmament

noun
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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Other Words from firmament

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 But Trump’s elevation of the false pedophilia claim ensures its place in the firmament of conspiratorial fabrications. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "Why do conspiracy theories about pedophilia hold such sway with some conservatives?," 16 Oct. 2020 Trapped between the growth of online shopping and the popularity of discount chains, many retailers have struggled to find a foothold in the changing firmament. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Thinking Through Lockdowns," 25 Aug. 2020 It’s like a magnet; the United States still is the polar star in the firmament even if the world has changed a lot and there are a lot of stresses on these institutions. Star Tribune, "The world wishes Trump — and America —well," 2 Oct. 2020 Trapped between the growth of online shopping and the popularity of discount chains, many retailers have struggled to find a foothold in the changing firmament. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Thinking Through Lockdowns," 25 Aug. 2020 Trapped between the growth of online shopping and the popularity of discount chains, many retailers have struggled to find a foothold in the changing firmament. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Thinking Through Lockdowns," 25 Aug. 2020 One of the brightest stars in the MMT firmament, Nathan Tankus, is an avid reader and admirer of Graeber. Matthew Zeitlin, The New Republic, "How David Graeber Changed the Way We See Money," 4 Sep. 2020 Trapped between the growth of online shopping and the popularity of discount chains, many retailers have struggled to find a foothold in the changing firmament. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Thinking Through Lockdowns," 25 Aug. 2020 Louisa’s is a bright star in the deep-dish firmament. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago’s best pizzas — 27 pies across all styles," 27 Aug. 2020

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

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22 Oct 2020

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“Firmament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/firmament. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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firmament

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English Language Learners Definition of firmament

formal + literary : the sky

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