- pertaining to the sky or visible heaven, or to the universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere, as in celestial body.
- pertaining to the spiritual or invisible heaven; heavenly; divine: celestial bliss.
- of or relating to celestial navigation: a celestial fix.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to the former Chinese Empire or the Chinese people.
- an inhabitant of heaven.
- (initial capital letter) a citizen of the Celestial Empire.
Origin of celestial
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Examples from the Web for celestial
As a music fan, it was very exciting to finally have access to something close to a celestial jukebox—all music, instantly.15 Years After Napster: How the Music Service Changed the Industry
June 6, 2014
We can only thank some celestial power that he did not seek refuge in the United States.Cut the Baloney on Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
March 9, 2014
Geniuses joined the realm of intermediate beings, alternately exalted and tormented by celestial visions.What is a Genius?
November 9, 2013
Bathed in celestial light, and with her husband, Jor-El (Russell Crowe), looking on, she gives birth to their son, Kal-El.‘Man of Steel,’ New Superman Movie Starring Henry Cavill, Falls Flat
June 11, 2013
Years, months, and days can, at least in theory, be based on celestial realities, but minutes and seconds are mostly conventions.How Long Is a Year? Is the Earth Slowing Down? And Other Questions About Time
January 6, 2013
A kind of celestial beings, which are fabled by the Hindoos.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
As who should say, I devote him to the celestial Powers as an immortal artist!Little Dorrit
The others moved their chairs down to join him in the celestial vision.The Gentleman From Indiana
The little citizen, not to be outdone, declared her to be a celestial witness.A Tale of Two Cities
I saw her sable skirts all fringed with light From the celestial walls!Graded Poetry: Second Year
- heavenly; divine; spiritualcelestial peace
- of or relating to the skycelestial bodies
Word Origin and History for celestial
late 14c., "pertaining to heaven," from Old French celestial "celestial, heavenly, sky-blue," from Latin caelestis "heavenly, pertaining to the sky," from caelum "heaven, sky; abode of the gods; climate," of uncertain origin; perhaps from PIE *kaid-slo-, perhaps from a root also found in Germanic and Baltic meaning "bright, clear" (cf. Lithuanian skaidrus "shining, clear;" Old English hador, German heiter "clear, shining, cloudless," Old Norse heið "clear sky").
The Latin word is the source of the usual word for "sky" in most of the Romance languages, e.g. French ciel, Spanish cielo, Italian cielo. General sense of "heavenly, very delightful" in English is from early 15c.
- Relating to the sky or the heavens. Stars and planets are celestial bodies.
- Relating to the celestial sphere or to any of the coordinate systems by which the position of an object, such as a star or planet, is represented on it.