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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Spotted lanternfly prefer grapes, hops and a host of trees found in Iowa, including tree-of-heaven, apple, cherry, maple, oak, peach, pine, plum, poplar, sycamore, walnut and willow. Fox News, 27 July 2022 To make room for the new, of course, some current shows with less-than-stellar ratings must be sent to TV heaven. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 13 May 2022 The Prime Video series, created by Greg Daniels (known for The Office and Parks and Recreation) imagines a futuristic world in which the privileged elite are allowed to opt into a digital afterlife, a sort of heaven meets the Metaverse. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 June 2022 For heaven’s sake, don’t make that a reason not to put him on trial. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 22 June 2022 If canoeing the Mississippi was a little bit of heaven, then our destination six miles inland, the Yazoo Backwater Area, was surely a taste of hell. W. Hodding Carter, Outside Online, 29 June 2011 Beth and Randall also go off into TV heaven as an iconic couple. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2022 To sit in one of the main theater’s 700 seats is to be transported to big screen heaven. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2022 The Fourth is subtle, smart, craftsmanly — a hard sell alongside its hummable, heaven-shaking siblings. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heaven. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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