fir·​ma·​ment | \ ˈfər-mə-mənt How to pronounce firmament (audio) \

Definition of firmament

1 : the vault or arch of the sky : heavens Stars twinkled in the firmament.
2 obsolete : basis
3 : the field or sphere of an interest or activity the international fashion firmament She's a rising star in the city's artistic firmament.

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firmamental \ ˌfər-​mə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce firmament (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of firmament in a Sentence

meteors flashing across the firmament the stars in the firmament twinkled ever so brightly
Recent Examples on the Web Aseem has achieved modest literary success—enough to make him, in his forties, the go-to authority on the Indian literary firmament, a tastemaker of sorts who hosts get-togethers in his apartment, furnished appropriately with Indian crafts. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, 5 May 2022 Recently, three stars have joined, or rejoined, the firmament. Claire Messud, Travel + Leisure, 23 Apr. 2022 Murdoch’s network remains a crucial part of the GOP firmament. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2022 The inspiration for a better future can come from countless sources, and as the pieces below will attest, whether our North Star is fixed in a firmament of scientific fact or utopian fiction isn’t what’s important. Peter Hemminger, Longreads, 22 Apr. 2022 Even if Manchin and Sinema had agreed to a carve-out specifically for democratic reform legislation, that crack in the firmament undoubtedly would have led to the filibuster’s eventual death. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2022 In the years since, its conservative reputation has allowed the college to seed graduates throughout the political firmament. Stephanie Saul,, 10 Apr. 2022 In the years since, its conservative reputation has allowed the college to seed graduates throughout the political firmament. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 Ronnie Fieg is the brains behind one of the most captivating brands to become part of the luxury firmament in recent years. Paul Croughton, Robb Report, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of firmament

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for firmament

Middle English, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin firmamentum, from Latin, support, from firmare

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20 May 2022

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“Firmament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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