[em-puh-ree-uhn, -pahy-, em-pir-ee-uhn, -pahy-ree-]
the highest heaven, supposed by the ancients to contain the pure element of fire.
the visible heavens; the firmament.

1605–15; < Late Latin empyre(us) empyreal + -an

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empyrean (ˌɛmpaɪˈriːən)
1.  archaic the highest part of the (supposedly spherical) heavens, thought in ancient times to contain the pure element of fire and by early Christians to be the abode of God and the angels
2.  poetic the heavens or sky
3.  of or relating to the sky, the heavens, or the empyrean
4.  heavenly or sublime
5.  archaic composed of fire
[C17: from Medieval Latin empyreus, from Greek empuros fiery, from pur fire]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c. (as empyre), from Gk. empyros "fiery," from pyr "fire;" confused by early writers with imperial. In Gk. cosmology, the highest heaven, the sphere of pure fire; later baptized with a Christian gloss as "the abode of God and the angels."
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Example sentences
From the ninth sphere to the empyrean, which is mere light.
The professional bailiwick we've staked out is the empyrean of pure thought.
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