Word of the DayFriday, May 28, 2010
\ih-THEER-ee-uhl\ , adjective;
Light, airy, or tenuous.
Extremely delicate or refined.
Heavenly or celestial.
Pertaining to the upper regions of space.
Chemistry. Pertaining to, containing, or resembling ethyl ether.
The 1997 reissue of Beach Boys' Pet Sounds included a disc of 11 songs with all instrumentation stripped out, leaving only those terminally sunny, ethereal vocal lines behind.
-- Erin Thompson, "Reverb blog", Seattle Weekly, May 2010
Ethereal minstrel! pilgrim of the sky! / Dost thou despise the earth where cares abound?
-- William Wordsworth, To a Skylark
Ethereal enters English from the Ancient Greek aitherios, "pertaining to the upper air."
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