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[hev-uh n-lee] /ˈhɛv ən li/
of or in the heavens:
the heavenly bodies.
of, belonging to, or coming from the heaven of God, the angels, etc.
resembling or befitting heaven; blissful; beautiful:
His home in Tahiti was a heavenly spot.
divine or celestial:
heavenly peace.
Origin of heavenly
before 1000; Middle English hevenly, Old English heofonlīc. See heaven, -ly
Related forms
heavenliness, noun
unheavenly, adjective
4. supernal, sublime; seraphic, cherubic, angelic; blessed, beatific.
4. infernal, hellish. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heavenly
  • The pastries were made in spirals as a symbol of approaching heaven, and they are indeed heavenly.
  • The treasures, things and tools in the closed rooms of the pyramids are the heavenly gifts for the souls.
  • The wonderful aroma of the shop was heavenly to me and to this day brings warm and happy recollections.
  • Roll down your car window to catch the heavenly fragrance of sweet peas.
  • It would remain fixed in the sky of a whole hemisphere and unlike all other heavenly bodies would neither rise nor set.
  • Ancient astronomers developed ways to predict the motion of the heavenly bodies.
  • Whereas the energy that comes from above seems to have more heavenly characteristics.
  • Having children is a heavenly blessing but it's also an official duty.
  • Minutes before guests arrive, she sautés pine nuts in oil to release a heavenly aroma and the illusion of home cooking.
  • Observing the stars and other heavenly objects is harder than it used to be, when all you had to do was look up.
British Dictionary definitions for heavenly


(informal) alluring, wonderful, or sublime
of or occurring in space: a heavenly body
divine; holy
Derived Forms
heavenliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heavenly

Old English heofonlic "celestial; chaste;" see heaven + -ly (1). Meaning "beautiful, divinely lovely" is late 14c., often (though not originally) with reference to the celestial "music of the spheres;" weakened sense of "excellent, enjoyable" is first recorded 1874. The heavenly bodies (stars, planets, etc.) attested from late 14c. Related: Heavenliness.

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