[ ih-theer-ee-uhl ]
/ ɪˈθɪər i əl /
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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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Also ae·the·re·al (for defs. 1-4) .
Origin of ethereal
OTHER WORDS FROM ethereal
e·the·re·al·i·ty, e·the·re·al·ness, noune·the·re·al·ly, adverbe·the·re·ous, adjectivenon·e·the·re·al, adjective
non·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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How to use ethereal in a sentence
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|Andy Battaglia|April 15, 2011|DAILY BEAST
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
/ (ɪˈθɪərɪəl) /
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 etherealethereality or etherealness, nounethereally, adverb
Word Origin for ethereal
C16: from Latin aethereus, from Greek aitherios, from aithēr ether
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