ethereal

[ih-theer-ee-uh l]
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adjective
  1. light, airy, or tenuous: an ethereal world created through the poetic imagination.
  2. extremely delicate or refined: ethereal beauty.
  3. heavenly or celestial: gone to his ethereal home.
  4. of or relating to the upper regions of space.
  5. Chemistry. pertaining to, containing, or resembling ethyl ether.
Also ae·the·re·al (for defs 1–4).

Origin of ethereal

1505–15; < Latin aethere(us) (< Greek aithérios), equivalent to aether- ether + -eus adj. suffix + -al1
Related formse·the·re·al·i·ty, e·the·re·al·ness, noune·the·re·al·ly, adverbe·the·re·ous, adjectivenon·e·the·re·al, adjectivenon·e·the·re·al·ly, adverbnon·e·the·re·al·ness, nounnon·e·the·re·al·i·ty, nounun·e·the·re·al, adjectiveun·e·the·re·al·ly, adverbun·e·the·re·al·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for ethereality

Contemporary Examples of ethereality

  • The music should be stately, sophisticated—bold enough to assert its power yet delicate enough to revel in its ethereality.

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    The Absurdist Genius of Ernie Kovacs

    Andy Battaglia

    April 15, 2011

Historical Examples of ethereality

  • The bird symbol involved the conception of ethereality or spirituality.

    Archaic England

    Harold Bayley

  • For all its ethereality and remoteness, it yearns, "like a God in pain," over the sorrows of the world.

    Visions and Revisions

    John Cowper Powys


British Dictionary definitions for ethereality

ethereal

adjective
  1. extremely delicate or refined; exquisite
  2. almost as light as air; impalpable; airy
  3. celestial or spiritual
  4. of, containing, or dissolved in an ether, esp diethyl etheran ethereal solution
  5. of or relating to the ether
Derived Formsethereality or etherealness, nounethereally, adverb

Word Origin for ethereal

C16: from Latin aethereus, from Greek aitherios, from aithēr ether
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ethereality

ethereal

adj.

1510s, "of the highest regions of the atmosphere," from ether + -al (1); extended sense of "light, airy" is from 1590s. Meaning "spiritlike, immaterial" is from 1640s. Related: Ethereally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ethereality in Medicine

ethereal

[ĭ-thîrē-əl]
adj.
  1. Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible.
  2. Of, relating to, or containing ether.
Related formse•the′re•ali•ty (-ălĭ-tē) null n.e•there•al•ly adv.
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