[ hev-uhn ]
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  1. the abode of God, the angels, and the spirits of the righteous after death; the place or state of existence of the blessed after the mortal life.

  2. (initial capital letter)Often Heavens . the celestial powers; God.

  1. a metonym for God: May heaven help us!

  2. heavens, (used with a singular verb) a wooden roof or canopy over the outer stage of an Elizabethan theater.

  3. Usually heavens. the sky, firmament, or expanse of space surrounding the earth.

  4. a place or state of supreme happiness: She made his life a heaven on earth.

  1. heavens, (used to express emphasis, surprise, etc.): For heaven's sake!Good heavens!

Idioms about heaven

  1. move heaven and earth, to do one's utmost to effect an end; make a supreme effort: She promised to move heaven and earth to be there for our wedding anniversary.

Origin of heaven

First recorded before 900; Middle English heven, Old English heofon; cognate with Middle Low German heven; akin to Old Norse himinn, Gothic himins, German Himmel

Other words from heaven

  • heav·en·less, adjective
  • un·der·heav·en, noun

Words Nearby heaven

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How to use heaven in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for heaven


/ (ˈhɛvən) /

  1. (sometimes capital) Christianity

    • the abode of God and the angels

    • a place or state of communion with God after death: Compare hell

  2. (usually plural) the sky, firmament or space surrounding the earth

  1. (in any of various mythologies) a place, such as Elysium or Valhalla, to which those who have died in the gods' favour are brought to dwell in happiness

  2. a place or state of joy and happiness

  3. (singular or plural; sometimes capital) God or the gods, used in exclamatory phrases of surprise, exasperation, etc: for heaven's sake; heavens above

  4. in seventh heaven ecstatically happy

  5. move heaven and earth to do everything possible (to achieve something)

Origin of heaven

Old English heofon; related to Old Saxon heban

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Cultural definitions for heaven


The dwelling place of God, the angels, and the souls of those who have gained salvation (see also salvation); a place of the greatest peace and beauty. (Compare hell.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Other Idioms and Phrases with heaven


In addition to the idioms beginning with heaven

  • heaven knows
  • heavenly days

also see:

  • for one's (heaven's) sake
  • god (heaven) forbid
  • god (heaven) knows
  • in seventh heaven
  • in the name of (heaven)
  • manna from heaven
  • move heaven and earth
  • pennies from heaven
  • seventh heaven
  • stink to high heaven
  • thank god (heaven)

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