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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The heavens put on a show for crowds in Chile Tuesday as the region experienced its first solar eclipse since 1592. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Photos: Rare solar eclipse delights crowds in Chile, South America," 3 July 2019 The cabana-style rooms are my favorite, each one is uniquely decorated but equally amazing—and the Saint Tropez beds are pure heaven. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Vogue’s Official Guide to the Hamptons," 3 July 2019 Many telescopes, in space and on the ground, are staring at the heavens in search of exoplanets silhouetted against the bright faces of their stars. Simon J. Lock, Scientific American, "When Earth and the Moon Were One," 2 July 2019 After a night of gazing at the heavens and then slumbering under the stars, wake the next morning as the wildlife — elephants, giraffes, maybe big cats — gather at the river to begin their day anew. Mary Ann Anderson, Dallas News, "Kenya's star beds offer a feast for the senses," 2 July 2019 The skies opened and her father declared the family protected by the heavens. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019 Or was Buzz the one astronaut sensitive enough to detect that some sacred covenant between man and humanity, Earth and the heavens, had been irrevocably violated that summer? Rachel Slade, BostonGlobe.com, "50 years ago, we walked on the moon but we’re still not sure why," 28 June 2019 Doom Eternal Rip and tear through heaven and hell in Doom Eternal. Time, "Missed the E3 News? Here Are the Games and Consoles We're Most Excited About," 11 June 2019 An upcoming collab made in alternative-pop heaven is on the way. Singers Billie Eilish and Rosalía have both confirmed in separate interviews that the two have started the process of recording a song together. Teen Vogue, "Rosalía Was So "Impressed" by Billie Eilish When They Worked in the Studio on Their Forthcoming Collaboration," 5 June 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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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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