ethereal

[ih-theer-ee-uhl]
adjective
1.
light, airy, or tenuous: an ethereal world created through the poetic imagination.
2.
extremely delicate or refined: ethereal beauty.
3.
heavenly or celestial: gone to his ethereal home.
4.
of or pertaining to the upper regions of space.
5.
Chemistry. pertaining to, containing, or resembling ethyl ether.
Also, aethereal (for defs 1–4).


Origin:
1505–15; < Latin aethere(us) (< Greek aithérios), equivalent to aether- ether + -eus adj. suffix + -al1

ethereality, etherealness, noun
ethereally, adverb
ethereous, adjective
nonethereal, adjective
nonethereally, adverb
nonetherealness, noun
nonethereality, noun
unethereal, adjective
unethereally, adverb
unetherealness, noun
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ethereal (ɪˈθɪərɪəl)
 
adj
1.  extremely delicate or refined; exquisite
2.  almost as light as air; impalpable; airy
3.  celestial or spiritual
4.  of, containing, or dissolved in an ether, esp diethyl ether: an ethereal solution
5.  of or relating to the ether
 
[C16: from Latin aethereus, from Greek aitherios, from aithērether]
 
ethere'ality
 
n
 
e'therealness
 
n
 
e'thereally
 
adv

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ethereal
1510s, from ether + -al; extended sense of "light, airy" is from 1598.
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ethereal e·the·re·al (ĭ-thēr'ē-əl)
adj.

  1. Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible.

  2. Of, relating to, or containing ether.


e·the're·al'i·ty (-āl'ĭ-tē) or e·the're·al·ness n.
e·the're·al·ly adv.
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Example sentences
But the phenomenon is anything but ethereal.
Margaret was small, fair and ethereal.
Others find it angelic, heavenly, ethereal.
Mozart's wit was not always ethereal.
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