heav·​en·​ly | \ˈhe-vən-lē \

Definition of heavenly 

1 : of or relating to heaven or the heavens : celestial the heavenly choirs use a telescope to study the heavenly bodies

2a : suggesting the blessed state of heaven : beatific heavenly peace

b : delightful

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heavenliness noun

Examples of heavenly in a Sentence

the moon, stars, and other heavenly bodies had a heavenly time at the dance

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Our 3,000-square-foot hacienda had a large living room, a master bedroom, a huge screened in porch (with a heavenly swing), and a private plunge pool. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 The author of more than 25 books, Roth was an uncompromising realist and satirist, confronting readers in a bold, direct style that scorned false sentiment or hopes for heavenly reward. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85," 23 May 2018 An empty airport may sound heavenly to anyone who has had to cope with the crowds and chaos at La Guardia or Hartsfield-Jackson or O’Hare. New York Times, "The Trouble With the Memphis Airport: No Crowds," 23 May 2018 Even Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk wanted to get in on Boseman’s heavenly grace. Lena Grossman, Time, "Chadwick Boseman Looks Like He's Answering Bradley Cooper's Prayers in 2018 Met Gala Photobomb," 8 May 2018 The rose water and aloe is a heavenly reset after a day of schlepping luggage. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Packing the ultimate weekender: Our favorite products for your carry-on or beach bag," 9 July 2018 Still, there was no stopping the heavenly dumping, which turned much of Irvington Boulevard's esplanade to muck, disintegrated reporters' notebooks into pulp and overwhelmed stormed drains. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Undaunted by downpours, Lindale Park holds July 4 parade," 4 July 2018 Or are all of us (even Hitler) destined to spend eternity together in the same heavenly location? Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: A crisis of faith provokes 'The Christians' at Costa Mesa Playhouse," 28 June 2018 Hollywood's biggest night was a bright and heavenly one at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4. Carolina Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "The 90th Annual Academy Awards red carpet: The best and worst dressed celebrities," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of heavenly

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

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English Language Learners Definition of heavenly

: appearing or occurring in the sky

: of or relating to heaven : divine or blessed

: very pleasant or good


heav·​en·​ly | \ˈhe-vən-lē \

Kids Definition of heavenly

1 : occurring or situated in the sky The sun, moon, and stars are heavenly bodies.

2 : divine entry 1 sense 1 heavenly angels

3 : entirely delightful heavenly weather

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