- 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. ethyl ether.
Also ae·the·re·al (for defs 1–4).
Origin of ethereal
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Examples from the Web for ethereally
His ethereally beautiful girlfriend, Marina, was with him, sitting silent in front of an untouched cocktail.How Boris Berezovsky Made Vladimir Putin, and Putin Unmade Berezovsky
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He was drunk, ethereally drunk with the beauty of the night and with love.If You Touch Them They Vanish
He turned his head, and saw a dim, ethereally white figure,—Rose.'Smiles'
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All the girls were beautiful—delicately, ethereally beautiful.The House of Pride
She was ethereally slender, brown-eyed, brown-haired, brown-skinned.
Where were the flames that had sung to me ethereally before?Children of the Market Place
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- 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 ethereally
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible.
- Of, relating to, or containing ether.
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