heavenly

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
heav•en•ly  (hevən lē),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of or in the heavens:the heavenly bodies.
  2. Religionof, belonging to, or coming from the heaven of God, the angels, etc.
  3. resembling or befitting heaven;
    blissful;
    beautiful:His home in Tahiti was a heavenly spot.
  4. divine or celestial:heavenly peace.
heaven•li•ness, n. 
  • Middle English hevenly, Old English heofonlīc. See heaven, -ly bef. 1000
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged supernal, sublime;
      seraphic, cherubic, angelic;
      blessed, beatific.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged infernal, hellish.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
heavenly /ˈhɛvənlɪ/ adj
  1. informal alluring, wonderful, or sublime
  2. of or occurring in space: a heavenly body
  3. divine; holy

ˈheavenliness n
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
heav•en /ˈhɛvən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Religion the place where God, the angels, and the spirits of good people live after death:[uncountable]children taught they must be good if they want to go to heaven some day.
  2. Usually,  heavens. [plural] the sky:Ancient astronomers studied the heavens.
  3. a place or state of supreme happiness:[uncountable]This tropical island is heaven.
  4. Often,  heavens. This word is used in phrases to express emphasis, surprise, or other emotion:For heaven's sake, watch what you're doing!
heav•en•ly, adj.,  -li•er, -li•est. 
heav•en•ward /ˈhɛvənwɚd/USA pronunciation  adv., adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
heav•en  (hevən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Religionthe abode of God, the angels, and the spirits of the righteous after death;
    the place or state of existence of the blessed after the mortal life.
  2. Religion(cap.) Often,  Heavens. the celestial powers;
    God.
  3. Religiona metonym for God (used in expressions of emphasis, surprise, etc.):For heaven's sake!
  4. heavens: 
    • (used interjectionally to express emphasis, surprise, etc.):Heavens, what a cold room!
    • Show Business(used with a sing. v.) a wooden roof or canopy over the outer stage of an Elizabethan theater.
  5. Usually,  heavens. the sky, firmament, or expanse of space surrounding the earth.
  6. a place or state of supreme happiness:She made his life a heaven on earth.
  7. Idiomsmove heaven and earth, to do one's utmost to effect an end;
    make a supreme effort:She promised to move heaven and earth to be there for our wedding anniversary.
heaven•less, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English heven, Old English heofon; cognate with Middle Low German heven; akin to Old Norse himinn, Gothic himins, German Himmel

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