Definition of celestial in English:

celestial

Line breaks: ce¦les|tial
Pronunciation: /sɪˈlɛstɪəl
 
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adjective

[attributive]
1Positioned in or relating to the sky, or outer space as observed in astronomy: a celestial body
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  • She also wrote books on astronomy, compiled tables of positions of celestial bodies and designed several scientific instruments.
  • She contributed to her father's texts on mathematics and astronomy, often compiling tables of the position of celestial bodies.
  • This complementary data is also helping astronomers identify the celestial object that is releasing the gamma rays and allow it to be more fully analysed.
Synonyms
(in) space, heavenly, astronomical, extraterrestrial, stellar, planetary, in the sky, in the heavens
rare superterrestrial
1.1Belonging or relating to heaven: the celestial city
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  • One picture in that book, of a joyous naked child arching through the sky in front of a celestial city, remains my earliest image of heaven.
  • At the same time, Buddhas have the power to manifest themselves in a sublime celestial form in splendid paradises.
  • So he is not, like Frankenstein, defying the gods but reaching out for a taste of the celestial heaven and therefore deserving to be honored as the best among men.
Synonyms
heavenly, holy, saintly, divine, godly, godlike, ethereal, paradisical, Elysian, spiritual, empyrean, superlunary; immortal, angelic, seraphic, cherubic, blessed, beatific, blissful, sublime
1.2Supremely good: the celestial beauty of music
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  • Karajan's emphases, apart from making music of celestial beauty, are on the opposite poles of intimacy and grandeur.
  • I think the faculty was more impressed by my adventurous spirit and audacity than my celestial beauty in that performance!
  • She draws some truly eloquent sounds from the organ, which though relatively young, is an instrument of incomparable celestial beauty.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin caelestialis, from Latin caelestis, from caelum 'heaven'.

Derivatives

celestially

adverb
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  • But if you liberate a ballroom, football field or galaxy inside your brain, you can entertain concepts of any size, from microscopic to behemoth to celestially vast.
  • They simply said that, while Sister X snoozed celestially in her cell, the devil assumed her form and shape, tucked his tail under a habit, crept downstairs and ate all the pies.
  • On Wednesday they mix pile-driving Hammond organ, celestially cacophonic guitar and vocals as tight as their shirts.

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