su·​per·​nal | \su̇-ˈpər-nᵊl \

Definition of supernal 

1a : being or coming from on high

b : heavenly, ethereal supernal melodies

c : superlatively good supernal trumpet playing

2 : located in or belonging to the sky

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supernally \su̇-​ˈpər-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of supernal in a Sentence

an absolutely supernal performance of the concerto by a 16-year old prodigy a couple enjoying the supernal joys of parenthood for the first time

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Great versus supernal Almost all buyers will be stepping up to the TPR from something less-good—less precise, less moddable, less solid, less well-built. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Thrustmaster TPR: The best flight sim pedals you can buy in a store like a normal person," 23 Sep. 2018 The parallel with changing attitudes toward death and the afterlife is provocative: the point of greatest uncertainty suddenly transformed into supernal glory., "Cantata Singers perform a heavenly masterpiece," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of supernal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for supernal

Middle English, from Middle French supernel, from Latin supernus, from super over, above — more at over

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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