What does Heaven mean?

Definitions for Heaven
ˈhɛv ənHeav·en

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Heaven.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Eden, paradise, nirvana, heaven, promised land, Shangri-lanoun

    any place of complete bliss and delight and peace

  2. Heavennoun

    the abode of God and the angels


  1. Heavennoun

    The sovereign of heaven; God; also, the assembly of the blessed, collectively; -- used variously in this sense, as in No. 2.; as, heaven helps those who help themselves.


  1. heavennoun

    The sky.

    No sooner had we left the house than the heavens opened.

  2. heavennoun

    The paradise of the afterlife in certain religions, considered to be the home of the god or gods of those religions, and often the home, or one of various possible homes, of souls of deceased people.

    Mommy's gone to heaven to be with God.

  3. heavennoun

    A blissful place or experience.

    Soaking in a warm bath after a long day at work is sheer heaven.

  4. Heavennoun

    derived from Evan with a folk etymology spelling.

  5. Heavennoun

    of modern usage from the noun heaven.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HEAVENnoun

    Etymology: heofon, which seems to be derived from heofd, the places over head, Saxon.

    A station like the herald Mercury,
    New lighted on a heaven kissing hill. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Thy race in time to come
    Shall spread the conquests of imperial Rome;
    Rome, whose ascending tow’rs shall heav’n invade,
    Involving earth and ocean in her shade. John Dryden, Æn.

    The words are taken more properly for the air and ether than for the heavens, as the best Hebrecians understand them. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    This act, with shouts heav’n high, the friendly band
    Applaud. John Dryden, Fables.

    It is a knell
    That summons thee to heaven, or to hell. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    These, the late
    Heav’n banish’d host, left desert utmost hell. John Milton.

    All yet left of that revolted rout,
    Heav’n fall’n, in station stood, or just array,
    Sublime with expectation. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x.

    Now heav’n help him! William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    The will
    And high permission of all-ruling heav’n
    Left him at large. John Milton.

    The prophets were taught to know the will of God, and thereby instruct the people, and enabled to prophesy, as a testimony of their being sent by heaven. William Temple.

    Our brows
    No more obey the heavens than our courtiers. William Shakespeare, Cymbel.

    Take physick, pomp;
    Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
    That thou may’st shake the superflux to them,
    And show the heavens more just. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    They can judge as fitly of his worth,
    As I can of those mysteries which heaven
    Will not have earth to know. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Heav’ns! what a spring was in his arm, to throw!
    How high he held his shield, and rose at ev’ry blow. Dryd.

    O, for a muse of fire, that would ascend
    The brightest heav’n of invention. William Shakespeare, Henry V. Prol.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heavennoun

    the expanse of space surrounding the earth; esp., that which seems to be over the earth like a great arch or dome; the firmament; the sky; the place where the sun, moon, and stars appear; -- often used in the plural in this sense

  2. Heavennoun

    the dwelling place of the Deity; the abode of bliss; the place or state of the blessed after death

  3. Heavennoun

    the sovereign of heaven; God; also, the assembly of the blessed, collectively; -- used variously in this sense, as in No. 2

  4. Heavennoun

    any place of supreme happiness or great comfort; perfect felicity; bliss; a sublime or exalted condition; as, a heaven of delight

  5. Heavenverb

    to place in happiness or bliss, as if in heaven; to beatify

  6. Etymology: [OE. heven, hefen, heofen, AS. heofon; akin to OS. hevan, LG. heben, heven, Icel. hifinn; of uncertain origin, cf. D. hemel, G. himmel, Icel. himmin, Goth. himins; perh. akin to, or influenced by, the root of E. heave, or from a root signifying to cover, cf. Goth. gahamn to put on, clothe one's self, G. hemd shirt, and perh. E. chemise.]


  1. Heaven

    Heaven, the Heavens or Seven Heavens, is a common religious, cosmological, mythological, or metaphysical term for the physical or transcendent place from which heavenly beings originate, are enthroned or inhabit. It is commonly believed that heavenly beings can descend to earth or incarnate and that earthly beings can ascend to Heaven in the afterlife or, in exceptional cases, enter Heaven alive. Heaven is often described as a "higher place", the holiest place, a Paradise, in contrast to Hell or the Underworld or the "low places", and universally or conditionally accessible by earthly beings according to various standards of divinity, goodness, piety, faith, or other virtues or right beliefs or simply the Will of God. Some believe in the possibility of a Heaven on Earth in a World to Come. Another belief is in an Axis mundi or World tree which connects the heavens, the world, and the underworld. In Indian religions, Heaven is considered as Svarga loka, and soul is again subjected to rebirth in different living forms according to its karma. This cycle can be broken after a soul achieves Moksha or Nirvana.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heaven

    hev′n, n. the arch of sky overhanging the earth: the air: a zone or region: a very great and indefinite height: the dwelling-place of the Deity and the blessed: the Deity as inhabiting heaven: supreme happiness.—adjs. Heav′en-born, descended from heaven; Heav′en-bred (Shak.), bred or produced in heaven; Heav′en-direct′ed, pointing to the sky: divinely guided; Heav′en-fall′en (Milt.), fallen from heaven, having rebelled against God; Heav′en-gift′ed, granted by heaven; Heav′en-kiss′ing (Shak.), kissing or touching, as it were, the sky.—n. Heav′enliness.—adj. Heav′enly, of or inhabiting heaven: celestial: pure: supremely blessed: very excellent.—adv. in a manner like that of heaven: by the influence of heaven.—adj. Heav′enly-mind′ed, having the mind placed upon heavenly things: pure.—n. Heav′enly-mind′edness.—advs. Heav′enward, Heav′enwards, toward or in the direction of heaven.—Heaven of heavens (B.), the highest of the heavens, the abode and seat of God; In the seventh heaven, in a state of the most exalted happiness—from the system of the Cabbalists, who divided the heavens into seven in an ascending scale of happiness up to the abode of God. [A.S. heofon; not to be conn. with heave.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Heaven

    in Christian theology the place of the immediate Divine presence, where God manifests Himself without veil, and His saints enjoy that presence and know as they are known. In Scripture it denotes, (1) the atmosphere, (2) the starry region, (3) a state of bliss, (4) as defined, the divine presence, and (5) God Himself.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. heaven

    1. The Coney Island of the Christian imagination. 2. Largely a matter of digestion. 3. An orphan asylum where institutionalism reigns. 4. A penitential colony where the virtuous and the good are condemned to eternal fellowship for their stupidities uttered on earth.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Heaven' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4047

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Heaven' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2669

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Heaven' in Nouns Frequency: #1370

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Heaven in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Heaven in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Heaven in a Sentence

  1. Thahir Sahab Jamel:

    At the beginning, ISIS told us we would all go to heaven, but now that I am in prison it means I am going to the fire. I am going to hell.


    Like the number of keys in a standard piano, there may only be 88 good steps going to heaven. Don't think about falling!

  3. William Shakespeare:

    O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven It hath the primal eldest curse upon 't, A brother's murder.

  4. Hafiz:

    Speak but little, and that little only when thy own purposes require it. Heaven has given thee two ears but only one tongue, which means: listen to two things, but be not the first to propose one.

  5. William W. Purkey:

    Dance like nobody's watching Love like you've never been hurt Sing like nobody's listening Live like it's heaven on earth

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