- light, airy, or tenuous: an ethereal world created through the poetic imagination.
- extremely delicate or refined: ethereal beauty.
- heavenly or celestial: gone to his ethereal home.
- of or relating to the upper regions of space.
- Chemistry. pertaining to, containing, or resembling ethyl ether.
Also ae·the·re·al (for defs 1–4).
Origin of ethereal
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Deep were my musings, as to the race and attributes of that ethereal being.The Vision of the Fountain (From "Twice Told Tales")
She waved her hand to Edgar Vaughan, with a gesture of ethereal triumph.Sylph Etherege
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- extremely delicate or refined; exquisite
- almost as light as air; impalpable; airy
- celestial or spiritual
- of, containing, or dissolved in an ether, esp diethyl etheran ethereal solution
- of or relating to the ether
C16: from Latin aethereus, from Greek aitherios, from aithēr ether
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Word Origin and History for ethereal
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible.
- Of, relating to, or containing ether.
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