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ethereal

[ ih-theer-ee-uhl ]
/ ɪˈθɪər i əl /
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adjective

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 ether.

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Origin of ethereal

First recorded in 1505–15; from Latin aethere(us) (from Greek aithérios ), equivalent to aether- ether + -eus adjective suffix + -al1

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Example sentences from the Web for ethereal

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

ethereal
/ (ɪˈθɪərɪəl) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of ethereal

ethereality 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

Medical definitions for ethereal

ethereal
[ ĭ-thîrē-əl ]

adj.

Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible.
Of, relating to, or containing ether.

Other words from ethereal

e•the′re•ali•ty (-ălĭ-tē) null n.e•there•al•ly adv.
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