Origin of heaven
Related Words for heavennirvana, immortality, paradise, kingdom, atmosphere, upstairs, rapture, ecstasy, Shangri-la, happiness, sky, bliss, harmony, firmament, enchantment, eternity, felicity, hereafter, glory, empyrean
Examples from the Web for heaven
Contemporary Examples of heaven
Hatuey asked the religious man holding the flame if indeed any Christians were in heaven.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
But assuming things were ever that hopeful, heaven was short-lived, and trouble followed.The Sydney Astrologer Turned Islamic Radical
December 16, 2014
After all, according to lyrics he once wrote, “all good cretins go to heaven.”‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
But does this means that animal ownership continues in heaven?
Product placement aside, the idea that animals go to heaven raises a whole host of interesting questions for Thea and Noah.
Historical Examples of heaven
The earth was like a slumbering babe, smiling in its sleep, because it dreams of Heaven.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
May Heaven bless you, and permit us to meet again in another world, if not in this!Brave and Bold
The face of the maid that served him had been no heaven for the souls of dead flowers.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Must all novels end with an earthly marriage, and nothing be left for heaven?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
But how wonderful and quick my touch has got, and how kind is heaven there, sir!
- the abode of God and the angels
- a place or state of communion with God after deathCompare hell
Word Origin for heaven
Old English heofon "home of God," earlier "sky, firmament," probably from Proto-Germanic *hibin-, dissimilated from *himin- (cf. Low German heben, Old Norse himinn, Gothic himins, Old Frisian himul, Dutch hemel, German Himmel "heaven, sky"), perhaps from PIE root *kem-/*kam- "to cover" (cf. chemise). [Watkins derives it elaborately from PIE *ak- "sharp" via *akman- "stone, sharp stone," then "stony vault of heaven"].
Plural use in sense of "sky" is probably from Ptolemaic theory of space composed of many spheres, but it also formerly was used in the same sense as the singular in Biblical language, as a translation of Hebrew plural shamayim. Heaven-sent (adj.) attested from 1640s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with heaven
- heaven knows
- heavenly days
- 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)