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ethereal

[ih-theer-ee-uh l] /ɪˈθɪər i əl/
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 relating to the upper regions of space.
5.
Chemistry. pertaining to, containing, or resembling ethyl ether.
Also, aethereal (for defs 1–4).
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; < Latin aethere(us) (< Greek aithérios), equivalent to aether- ether + -eus adj. suffix + -al1
Related forms
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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British Dictionary definitions for ethereous

ethereal

/ɪˈθɪərɪəl/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
ethereality, etherealness, noun
ethereally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin aethereus, from Greek aitherios, from aithērether
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Word Origin and History for ethereous

ethereal

adj.

1510s, "of the highest regions of the atmosphere," from ether + -al (1); extended sense of "light, airy" is from 1590s. Meaning "spiritlike, immaterial" is from 1640s. Related: Ethereally.

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ethereous in Medicine

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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