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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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 Her education has left her with an expansive sense of her place in the pop firmament. Hanna Hanra, Vogue, "Model-Musician Rina Sawayama Is a Star On the Rise," 12 Apr. 2019 O’Rourke, a ten-watt bulb in the 20-watt 2020 firmament, omits the necessary question: Compared with what? Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 22 Aug. 2019 This feature is described in local parlance as the phenomenon in which the trees are in direct communication with the firmament of the heavens and bring good tidings to the ground underneath. Alfred Oteng-yeboah, Quartz Africa, "Ghana’s pact with China for bauxite mining threatens to ravage a biodiverse forest," 21 Aug. 2019 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of firmament

formal + literary : the sky

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