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Definitions for celestial
səˈlɛs tʃəlce·les·tial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. celestial, heavenlyadjective

    of or relating to the sky

    "celestial map"; "a heavenly body"

  2. celestial, heavenlyadjective

    relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven

    "celestial beings"; "heavenly hosts"

  3. celestial, ethereal, supernaladjective

    of heaven or the spirit

    "celestial peace"; "ethereal melodies"; "the supernal happiness of a quiet death"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CELESTIALadjective

    Etymology: celestis, Lat.

    There stay, until the twelve celestial signs
    Have brought about their annual reckoning. William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour Lost.

    The ancients commonly applied celestial descriptions of other climes to their own. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv. c. 12.

    Play that sad note
    I nam’d my knell; whilst I sit meditating
    On that celestial harmony I go to. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Canst thou pretend desire, whom zeal inflam’d
    To worship, and a pow’r celestial nam’d? Dryden.

    Telemachus, his bloomy face
    Glowing celestial sweet, with godlike grace. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

  2. Celestialnoun

    An inhabitant of heaven.

    Etymology: from the adj.

    Thus affable and mild, the prince precedes,
    And to the dome th’ unknown celestial leads. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.


  1. celestial

    Celestial refers to anything related to the sky or outer space, typically associated with astronomy. It can also refer to something that is supremely good or sublime, or something that is heavenly or divine in nature. It originates from the Latin word "caelestis" meaning "of the sky" or "heavenly".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Celestialadjective

    belonging to the aerial regions, or visible heavens

  2. Celestialadjective

    of or pertaining to the spiritual heaven; heavenly; divine

  3. Celestialnoun

    an inhabitant of heaven

  4. Celestialnoun

    a native of China

  5. Etymology: [OF. celestial, celestied, fr. L. caelestic, fr. caelum heaved. See Cell.]


  1. Celestial

    Celestial is the third studio album by Mexican pop group RBD. The album has sold one million copies worldwide.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Celestial

    sel-est′yal, adj. heavenly: dwelling in heaven: in the visible heavens.—n. an inhabitant of heaven.—adv. Celest′ially.—The Celestial Empire, a name for China. [Through Fr. from L. cœlestiscœlum, heaven.]

Editors Contribution

  1. celestial

    Of or relating to the sky.

    They say angels are celestial beings that are heaven sent.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Celestial is ranked #97210 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Celestial surname appeared 187 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Celestial.

    75.4% or 141 total occurrences were Asian.
    8% or 15 total occurrences were White.
    8% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    8% or 15 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of celestial in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of celestial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of celestial in a Sentence

  1. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    All the means of action - the shapeless masses - the materials - lie everywhere about us. What we need is the celestial fire to change the flint into the transparent crystal, bright and clear. That fire is genius.

  2. Thomas Traherne:

    Your enjoyment of the world is never right, till every morning you awake in Heaven: see yourself in your Father's palace; and look upon the skies, the earth, and the air as celestial joys: having such a reverend esteem of all, as if you were among the angels.

  3. Dr Wolf:

    These large and rapidly-growing black holes are exceedingly rare, and we have been searching for them with SkyMapper for several months now. The European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite, which measures tiny motions of celestial objects, helped us find this supermassive black hole, as supermassive black holes shine, they can be used as beacons to see and study the formation of elements in the early galaxies of the universe.

  4. Scott Bolton:

    This is the closest any spacecraft has come to this mammoth moon in a generation, we are going to take our time before we draw any scientific conclusions, but until then we can simply marvel at this celestial wonder.

  5. Thomas Paine:

    What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly... it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as Freedom should not be highly rated.

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