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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Steak 954, from showman restaurateur Stephen Starr, has been open for nearly a decade, a dependable albeit pricey place that has become part of Fort Lauderdale’s fine-dining firmament. Michael Mayo,, "8 picks for great meal deals during Fort Lauderdale restaurant months," 31 July 2019 Far From Home co-writers Chris McKenna and ErikSommers, who previously penned Ant-Man and the Wasp and Spider-Man: Homecoming for Marvel, took pains to stitch Peter Parker's journey into the firmament of MCU movies past and future. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "How Marvel Pictures the Future, Post ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Endgame’," 17 July 2019 The antitrust movement has been revived by a bipartisan loathing of Big Tech that extends beyond lawmakers to the furthest firmaments of the right and the left. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "Fighting Big Tech Makes for Some Uncomfortable Bedfellows," 14 July 2019 At the end of the nineteenth century, the aviator was the flaneur of the firmament, and a trip in a hot-air balloon was seen to be just as health-giving as a hotel in the mountains. María Gainza, Harper's magazine, "Both Sides Now," 10 May 2019 The State Opera has cast the female leads with three of the greatest soprano stars of the Viennese operatic firmament. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "A Resonant Centenary for Strauss at the Vienna State Opera," 13 June 2019 At this time, Mozart and fellow Austrian Joseph Haydn were the twin suns of the musical firmament. National Geographic, "How Beethoven went from Napoleon’s biggest fan to his worst critic," 24 Apr. 2019 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

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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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