Definition of firmament in English:


Syllabification: fir·ma·ment
Pronunciation: /ˈfərməmənt


  • 1The heavens or the sky, especially when regarded as a tangible thing.
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    • The final part of the journey explores the ethereal realms of Paradise, where Dante is guided by a ravishing Beatrice through the shimmering, starry firmament to touch the face of God.
    • We don't need redwoods and whales at all, not for ordinary life at least, no more than we need Plato, Beethoven, or the stars in the firmament of heaven.
    • The Roman philosopher Seneca proposed that the auroras were flames slipping through cracks in the heavenly firmament.
    the sky, heaven; the heavens, the skies
    literary the empyrean, the welkin
  • 1.1A sphere or world viewed as a collection of people: one of the great stars in the American golfing firmament
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    • In the sky, the Pole Star, around which the firmament appears to turn, has been styled the ‘navel of the Heavens'.
    • Sometimes the lightening forked across the sky like a crack in the dark firmament.
    • They're coveted by a generation too young to remember the designer's heyday, when she was one of the brightest stars in the fashion firmament, turning out exuberant, fantastical creations.



Pronunciation: /ˌfərməˈmentl/


Middle English: via Old French from Latin firmamentum, from firmare 'fix, settle'.

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