heaven

noun

heav·​en ˈhe-vən How to pronounce heaven (audio)
1
: the expanse of space that seems to be over the earth like a dome : firmament
usually used in plural
the brightest star in the heavens
2
a
often capitalized : the dwelling place of the Deity and the blessed dead
hopes to go to Heaven when she dies
b
: a spiritual state of everlasting communion with God
3
capitalized : god sense 1
Heaven help us.
4
: a place or condition of utmost happiness : something that is very pleasant or enjoyable
Our week at the spa was sheer heaven.
5
Christian Science : a state of thought in which sin is absent and the harmony of divine Mind (see mind entry 1 sense 8) is manifest

Examples of heaven in a Sentence

She prayed to God in Heaven. He hopes to go to Heaven when he dies. Our baby is a gift from heaven. the brightest star in the heavens
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English heven, from Old English heofon; akin to Old High German himil heaven

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of heaven was before the 12th century

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“Heaven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heaven. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

heaven

noun
heav·​en ˈhev-ən How to pronounce heaven (audio)
1
: sky sense 1
usually used in plural
2
often capitalized : the dwelling place of God and of the blessed dead
3
: a place or condition of complete happiness

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