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ce·​les·​tial sə-ˈles-chəl How to pronounce celestial (audio)
: of, relating to, or suggesting heaven or divinity
celestial beings
: of or relating to the sky or visible heavens
the sun, moon, and stars are celestial bodies
: ethereal, otherworldly
celestial music
: olympian, supreme
the celestial impudence of the boyLeonard Bacon
capitalized [Celestial Empire, old name for China] : of or relating to China or the Chinese
: eminently pleasing : delightful, heavenly
It's possible that the cuisine has become even more celestial since the return of his former sous chef …Tanya Wenman Steel
sə-ˈles-chə-lē How to pronounce celestial (audio)


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: a heavenly or mythical being
capitalized : chinese sense 1a

Example Sentences

Adjective stars, planets, asteroids, and other celestial bodies The late afternoon sunlight gave the room a celestial glow.
Recent Examples on the Web
The pregnant star released a stunning, celestial photo captured by the renowned David LaChapelle. André-naquian Wheeler, Vogue, 16 Jan. 2023 Away from the Kimbell’s grungier Murillo, his celestial paintings still await their reassessment. Walker Mimms, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2023 Their seven full-length albums are all warm analog synthesizers and big celestial washes, kind of like Vangelis but with a better beat. The Editors, Outside Online, 10 Jan. 2023 The celestial visitor will be at perihelion, closest to the sun, on January 12, 2023. Carlos R. Muñoz, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Jan. 2023 But its most ravishing element was a chapel with ceiling mosaics depicting golden stars in the heavens surrounded by celestial religious visions. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Jan. 2023 Believers peer through their windows throughout the evening hoping to get a glimpse of this celestial sign of the Nativity, which follows a day of fasting and prayer and worship. Angie Leventis Lourgos, Chicago Tribune, 7 Jan. 2023 The perpetual calendar, celestial time, minute repeater, thermometer chronograph pocket watch was commissioned from Breguet in 1783 by Swedish count Axel von Fersen as a gift to his lover, French Queen Marie Antoinette. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 4 Jan. 2023 These two celestial phenomena are both crucial tools used by astronomers to determine astronomical distance, and have been used to refine our measurement of the Hubble constant, the expansion rate of the universe. Paul M. Sutter, Popular Mechanics, 3 Jan. 2023
The capsule also features a Wild West linen of rollicking cowboys and cowgirls, which is also available as wallpaper, as well as pom-pom forest and celestial-themed wallpapers. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 16 Aug. 2022 Curry manages to be both ordinary in size and celestial in talent. Jerry Brewer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2022 Here were two views of the divine, an earthly aristocracy versus the celestial. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 15 June 2022 Sitting up there puts a viewer a little bit closer to heaven, the cinematic kind as well as the celestial. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2022 But the hue can denote the serene and the celestial, which are also evoked by the exhibition, first shown at Cross’s home gallery and now on display in condensed form at Waddell Art Gallery at Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Quanta Magazine spoke with Coppari about how the terrestrial can provide insight into the celestial. Quanta Magazine, 15 June 2021 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin caelestis celestial, from caelum sky

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of celestial was in the 15th century

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“Celestial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celestial. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: of, relating to, or suggesting heaven
angels are celestial beings
: of or relating to the sky
a star is a celestial body

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