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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Recent Examples on the Web

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 The Mulleavy sisters over at Rodarte did white blouses with puffed sleeves that touched the heavens at their Fall 2019 show. Vogue, "2000s or 1800s? Why Fashion Is Revisiting the Victorian Era," 27 Mar. 2019 Behold, a gift from the heavens: Pregnant or know of someone who is share this post with them. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "This pregnancy pillow looks so amazing, where has it been all our lives?," 29 May 2018 But then there’s also somewhere like the Post Ranch Inn in California, which is heaven on earth. Francesca Babb, Condé Nast Traveler, "Actress Rosamund Pike on the One Item She Always Takes from Hotel Rooms," 19 Dec. 2018 Tips of skyscrapers extended high into the heavens. Tara Knight, The Root, "Beyond the Blue," 13 May 2018 And this isn’t just about reaching into the heavens. Shelby Fleig, USA TODAY, "SpaceX to build new Mars-bound Falcon rocket in Los Angeles," 17 Apr. 2018 So thank heavens Miami city commissioners agreed rather than simply open their wallets like their predecessors did for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. Dave Hyde, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hyde: MLS proposal is short on details, long on questions | Commentary," 13 July 2018 Nearly every society has at some point venerated the tree as a symbol of fertility and rebirth, or as a living link between the heavens, the earth and the underworld. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Trees of Life and Wonder," 13 Dec. 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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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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