- 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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Examples from the Web for ethereality
The music should be stately, sophisticated—bold enough to assert its power yet delicate enough to revel in its ethereality.The Absurdist Genius of Ernie Kovacs
April 15, 2011
- 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 ethereality
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible.
- Of, relating to, or containing ether.
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