heavenly body

plural heavenly bodies

Definition of heavenly body

: an aggregation of matter in the universe (such as a planet, star, or nebula) that can be considered as a single unit (as for astronomical study) : celestial body Cooper's … account of the collection and interpretation of information about this heavenly body presents us with vivid images of the Venusian landscape as well as insights into the frustrations and rewards of space science.— Donna Seaman This harvest was the first solid sample of a heavenly body collected in more than 30 years and the first ever from a comet.— Jeffrey Winters

First Known Use of heavenly body

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Heavenly body.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heavenly%20body. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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