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 pluralthe 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 No, the legendary Chronicle columnist who died in 1997 did not come down from the heavens. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "The ghost of legendary SF columnist Herb Caen has arrived — from Alabama," 25 Feb. 2020 Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! Chris Fedor, cleveland, "LeBron James breaks silence on Kobe Bryant’s death, promises to continue Bryant’s legacy," 28 Jan. 2020 Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! ... TheWeek, "Vienna will reward people who forgo cars by giving them free concert tickets," 28 Jan. 2020 The Jets will win their fifth game of the season thanks to a holiday gift from the heavens. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "'New York Daily News' column insisted Bengals game would be 'cakewalk' for Jets," 2 Dec. 2019 By electrifying transportation in two dimensions — across the landscape and toward the heavens — Frank Sprague deserves to be recognized not only as one the great inventors of the Electric Age, but as one of the pioneers of the modern vertical city. Robert Bryce, Time, "How Electric Elevators Transformed the Modern City," 10 Mar. 2020 Ghost Dancers donned shirts painted with the sun, the stars, and the moon—celestial images connecting the wearer to the heavens. Julian Brave Noisecat, Harper's magazine, "Perhaps the World Ends Here," 5 Dec. 2019 Your cinder block house wobbled and the roof fell off and the structure split open like a walnut, leaving the two of you exposed to the heavens. Freep.com, "In 'Finding Chika,' Albom reveals his family's devastating love story," 3 Nov. 2019 The boats that remained in the bay sat graciously, their thin masts pointing to the heavens like tiny steeples. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New stories of an aging Olive in ‘Olive, Again’," 14 Oct. 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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11 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Heaven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heaven. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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heaven

noun
How to pronounce heaven (audio)

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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