celestial body


pertaining to the sky or visible heaven, or to the universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere, as in celestial body.
pertaining to the spiritual or invisible heaven; heavenly; divine: celestial bliss.
of or pertaining to celestial navigation: a celestial fix.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the former Chinese Empire or the Chinese people.
an inhabitant of heaven.
(initial capital letter) a citizen of the Celestial Empire.

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin cēlestiālis, equivalent to Latin caelesti(s) heavenly (cael(um) heaven, sky + -estis adj. suffix) + -ālis -al1

celestially, adverb
celestialness, celestiality [suh-les-chee-al-i-tee] , noun
noncelestial, adjective
noncelestially, adverb
supercelestial, adjective
supercelestially, adverb
uncelestial, adjective

2. angelic, seraphic, blissful, ethereal.
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celestial (sɪˈlɛstɪəl)
1.  heavenly; divine; spiritual: celestial peace
2.  of or relating to the sky: celestial bodies
[C14: from Medieval Latin cēlestiālis, from Latin caelestis, from caelum heaven]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. cælestis "heavenly," from cælum "heaven, sky," of uncertain origin; perhaps from PIE *kaid-slo-, from a root meaning "bright." The L. word is the source of the usual word for "sky" in most of the Romance languages, e.g. French ciel, Sp. cielo, It. cielo.
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Science Dictionary
celestial   (sə-lěs'chəl)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Relating to the sky or the heavens. Stars and planets are celestial bodies.

  2. Relating to the celestial sphere or to any of the coordinate systems by which the position of an object, such as a star or planet, is represented on it.

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