supernal

adjective
su·​per·​nal | \ su̇-ˈpər-nᵊl How to pronounce supernal (audio) \

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

Other Words from supernal

supernally \ su̇-​ˈpər-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce supernal (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The product is to be called Elixirent, a supernal energy drink. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2021 De Havilland was capable as few other actors have ever been of expressing a kind of supernal grace and guilelessness. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Aug. 2020 But Thomas' supernal ability to craft trauma into narrative doesn't come without cost. Author: Britt Peterson, Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2019 The idea of watching supernal figures battle it out is both fun and endlessly attractive, because everyone likes a spectacle, and the biggest spectacle of all comes from watching one irresistible alien force slam into another unmovable alien object. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2018 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, 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. BostonGlobe.com, 3 May 2018 See More

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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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“Supernal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supernal. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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