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 During the Jim Crow era, Black restaurants were part heaven and part haven—places where African Americans could get a taste of the good life as well as the basic rights denied them at White establishments. Adrian Miller, Southern Living, "Black Restaurants that Fed the Civil Rights Movement," 15 Mar. 2021 How to make your bed and to turn it into a luxury hotel heaven. Kyle Valenta, Star Tribune, "Sleep on it," 12 Feb. 2021 Several other spacecraft will soon follow Hayabusa2’s lead, bringing their own pieces of heaven down to Earth. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "Japanese Space Capsule Carrying Pristine Asteroid Samples Lands in Australia," 7 Dec. 2020 Cooking with loved ones is a special kind of heaven to me, and my heart surged at the thought of this event. Rebecca Horrigan, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Affairs: When ‘corona-dating’ gets me down, I remember what mom said," 7 Nov. 2020 Let the heaven of your imagination take hold in Mahler’s incomparable scene setting. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Miss the ecstasy and extravagance of Mahler’s Eighth? You’re not alone," 28 Oct. 2020 Her cupcakes symbolize comfort and joy, a taste of heaven on earth. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "These comforting cupcakes are filled with heart and soul," 6 Oct. 2020 It’s the handiwork of the man who owns this little bit of hot-air-balloon heaven, Ken Tomovick. Bill Newcott, National Geographic, "The birthplace of the space age isn’t where you think," 22 Sep. 2020 And then some unjust God leaned, laughing, over the ramparts of heaven and dropped a black man in the midst. Federico Finchelstein, The New Republic, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Right to Warn of “Fascism in the United States”," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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23 Mar 2021

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“Heaven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heaven. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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


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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