heaven

noun
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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While some art on the dress features stars that are free to float in the heavens, others are connected, creating fashionable constellations. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Cinta the Label Created a Taurus Slip Dress," 26 Apr. 2019 While others might look to the heavens to find God, the Hindu looks within himself. Shashi Tharoor, WSJ, "How Hinduism Has Persisted for 4,000 Years," 17 Jan. 2019 Ariana has been quite fond of all things related to the heavens. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Announced the Release of Her Cloud Perfume," 18 Sep. 2018 At the same ballpark where Phil Nevin and Ryan Klesko used to fling helmets and shake their fists after deep flyouts, Pads hitters are trotting the bases and pointing to the heavens. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres' home now means home runs are less rare, and that's a tradeoff," 8 June 2018 Sure, hotel beds are supposed to feel like actual heaven on earth. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Often to Buy a New Mattress and Pillow for the Best Sleep Possible," 28 Mar. 2019 Ironically the heavens opened that day, but the people didn’t care, happy to be soaked to the skin in the sheeting rain to greet the royal duo. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Tour of Australia Is Crucial to the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Nov. 2018 With sunshine most of the day, officials thought the area might get lucky and avoid the heavy rains slated to hit the area, but just after 7 p.m. the heavens opened. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty fireworks go on despite rain," 5 July 2018 But Wise’s ink includes a pentagram and the words suicide and heaven – all prominently displayed on his head. Shaun Brady, Philly.com, "This University of the Arts grad has a pentagram tattooed on his face. He's also one of the most inventive singers working today," 25 June 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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The first known use of heaven was before the 12th century

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heaven

noun

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

heaven

noun
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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