heav·​en | \ ˈhe-vən How to pronounce heaven (audio) \

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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Paul was in Wagyu-beef heaven with the Wagyu burger with brie at the Mt. Ada inn and the Wagyu burger with cheddar at the Avalon Grille. Sharon Boorstin, Los Angeles Times, "Try a Catalina Island adventure with the kids," 15 Aug. 2019 The most obvious ways to make new discoveries are to look deeper into the heavens or to find fainter objects—which require making ever larger mirrors to collect as much starlight as possible. Leila Sloman, Scientific American, "Earth Could Be a Lens for a Revolutionary Space Telescope," 14 Aug. 2019 Everything in this Slideshow Hamburger (and celebrity guest-star) heavenWith this many fabulous celebrity cameos in one music video, how can anyone be expected to calm the hell down, Miss Taylor Swift? Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Every celebrity in Taylor Swift's 'You Need to Calm Down' music video," 17 June 2019 The German prisoners were staggered by this manifestation of power and looked, with what almost seemed admiration, at the sight of thousands of armed men pouring from the heavens. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "What the Free Press front page looked like as D-Day unfolded," 5 June 2019 And the lobster rolls ($20-$34) are a slice of seafood heaven: buttery chunks of fresh lobster meat (tails, knuckles and claws) served four different ways, from Naked to the Lobsterado, on toasted and buttered hot dog buns. Barbara Ellis, The Know, "Take a peek inside Maine Shack, a New England seafood spot opening Tuesday in LoHi," 26 July 2019 When the name was spoken, a great radiance opened up in the heavens and flowed down over Quichotte in a cascade of joy. Salman Rushdie, The New Yorker, "The Little King," 22 July 2019 The guitarists ascended into the heavens on mechanical platforms, wailing away as if nu-metal had never fallen from grace, with the occasional Styx or Muse flourish. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Skillet, Semisonic, more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 10," 6 July 2019 For cocktails in a myriad of fruity flavors, Oasis Swim-Up Bar is holiday heaven, and for those who like to test Lady Luck, Latitude Bar is outfitted with slot machines. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "After Hurricane Irma, St. Martin resorts have rebuilt to become bigger and better," 2 July 2019

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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 sky


heav·​en | \ ˈhe-vən How to pronounce heaven (audio) \

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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