oth·​er·​world·​ly | \ˌə-t͟hər-ˈwərl(d)-lē \

Definition of otherworldly 

1a : of, relating to, or resembling that of a world other than the actual world

b : devoted to preparing for a world to come

2 : devoted to intellectual or imaginative pursuits

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otherworldliness noun

Examples of otherworldly in a Sentence

otherworldly creatures from the deep sea a movie in which otherworldly beings live among us in a parallel universe

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But ringing in her ninth season at his Fall 2019 show in Brooklyn tonight, Lish was rendered nearly unrecognizable (yes, even despite that unmistakable, otherworldly beauty of hers) by an extreme hair color switch up. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Wang Gang Model Just Went Extreme Platinum Blonde for the Alexander Wang Runway," 2 Dec. 2018 Further Reading Inside the vault: A rare glimpse of NASA’s otherworldly treasures NASA has few samples from other worlds in its collections. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA’s daring asteroid mission unfurls its sampling arm for the first time," 16 Nov. 2018 Oigarden plays Brevik’s lawyer with an otherworldly calm. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "’22 July’: a powerful dramatization on 2011 Norwegian massacre," 9 Oct. 2018 The Twelfth House is the final domain of zodiac and is considered an extremely psychic and otherworldly realm. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Scorpio Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 An otherworldly take on the puffer coat, Piccioli’s voluminous black, floor-length style comes with a matching hood and gloves, making the whole ensemble a full head-to-toe commitment—something Miller only pushed further with a deep red lip color. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Ezra Miller’s Latest Red Carpet Risk—Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Major Moncler—Is His Best Yet," 8 Nov. 2018 Prospect takes on a distinct Western vibe from here, becoming an adventure tale filled with colorful characters, otherworldly dialects, and ample close encounters. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Sci-fi stunner Prospect values small stories in a galaxy far, far away," 2 Nov. 2018 There is also the fact that 1999 happened to be a pretty major year for movies and franchises involving otherworldly beings. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Ghosts, witches, zombies: which supernatural creature makes the most money at the box office?," 31 Oct. 2018 According to the San Antonio Express-News, many popular hotels in the city claim to have permanent, otherworldly guests. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of otherworldly

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of otherworldly

: suggesting a world that is different from the world we know : seeming to belong to or come from another world

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