[ em-puh-ree-uh n, -pahy-, em-pir-ee-uh n, -pahy-ree- ]
/ ˌɛm pəˈri ən, -paɪ-, ɛmˈpɪr i ən, -ˈpaɪ ri- /


the highest heaven, supposed by the ancients to contain the pure element of fire.
the visible heavens; the firmament.


Words nearby empyrean

Origin of empyrean

1605–15; < Late Latin empyre(us) empyreal + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for empyrean

/ (ˌɛmpaɪˈriːən) /


archaic the highest part of the (supposedly spherical) heavens, thought in ancient times to contain the pure element of fire and by early Christians to be the abode of God and the angels
poetic the heavens or sky

adjective Also: empyreal

of or relating to the sky, the heavens, or the empyrean
heavenly or sublime
archaic composed of fire

Word Origin for empyrean

C17: from Medieval Latin empyreus, from Greek empuros fiery, from pur fire
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