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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Thankfully, the beauty heavens brought us brow gel, and my life has never been the same. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "This Nyx Eyebrow Gel Is What Brow Dreams Are Made of," 5 Dec. 2018 Almost heaven Situated squarely in the coal mining region of Appalachian West Virginia, Fallout 76 does a good job of incorporating real-life towns and landmarks into the franchise’s deep lore. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018 And yet most of season two was spent turning Michael, the show’s chief demon and antagonist, into a friend of Eleanor and company, to the degree that he’s now risked heaven and Earth to prove that bad people can become good. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Love it or hate it, season 3 of The Good Place is taking us somewhere new (again)," 12 Oct. 2018 The mid-1800s was an exciting time to peer at the heavens. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Nuggets from the passing parade," 17 Aug. 2018 Though once an aid for agriculture and navigation, astronomy—the study of the heavens above—is now often seen as disconnected from life on Earth, an academic pastime with scant value for human beings. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, "The True Point of Searching for Alien Life; the Misuse of Genetics and Other New Science Books," 3 July 2018 That isn't to say all is peaceful and quiet in the heavens right now. refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 1 July 2018 As the agencies seek to clear the national launchpad, companies are figuring out how to execute their goals in the heavens. Eric Roston, latimes.com, "Trump hurries to cut red tape slowing the commercial space industry," 25 May 2018 But Tiangong-1, an eight-tonne Chinese space station launched in 2011, will not remain in the heavens much longer. The Economist, "An out-of-control Chinese space station will soon fall to Earth," 15 Mar. 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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