heav·en | \ˈhe-vən \

Definition of heaven 

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

2a 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

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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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Front ski pointed to the heavens, the other toward the earth’s core. Nick Paumgarten, Outside Online, "Nick Paumgarten on the Thrill of His First Daffy," 11 July 2018 Some players looked to the heavens, as if seeking divine intervention. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "As World Cup looms, U.S. players still lament loss in Trinidad," 7 May 2018 But the audience ached (speaking for myself anyway) for Freedia to take up the mic and join the chorus, sending that fantastic basso profuno voice to the heavens. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Big Freedia conducts a church choir at Jazz Fest 2018," 28 Apr. 2018 In the days of the space race between America and the Soviet Union, the heavens were a front in the cold war between two competing ideologies. The Economist, "The new space race," 18 Jan. 2018 Pope scope The Vatican loves to look to the heavens as much as anyone, and its Observatory Research Group is hosted by Steward Observatory on the University of Arizona campus. azcentral, "From climate to fry bread, 125 reasons to love Arizona," 15 May 2015 Staggered in height and uneven at the edges, these precarious-looking structures reach for the heavens. New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Gentleman Caller,’ a Talky Tennessee Williams," 10 May 2018 The blast was incredible: an arc of flame and steam reaching for the heavens. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "In Praise of Elon Musk," 10 Feb. 2018 What does an ordinary heaven look like for the perpetually grieving? Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of heaven

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

History and Etymology for heaven

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

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English Language Learners Definition of heaven

: the place where God lives and where good people go after they die according to some religions

: something that is very pleasant or good

the heavens : the sky


heav·en | \ˈhe-vən \

Kids Definition of heaven

1 : sky sense 1 usually used in pl. stars in the heavens

2 often capitalized : a place where good people are believed in some religions to be rewarded with eternal life after death

3 capitalized : god sense 1 Thank Heaven you're all right.

4 : a place or condition of complete happiness To finally sleep in my own bed was heaven.

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