[ hev-uhn-lee ]
/ ˈhɛv ən li /


of or in the heavens: the heavenly bodies.
of, belonging to, or coming from the heaven of God, the angels, etc.
resembling or befitting heaven; blissful; beautiful: His home in Tahiti was a heavenly spot.
divine or celestial: heavenly peace.

Nearby words

  1. heave-off hinge,
  2. heaven,
  3. heaven knows,
  4. heaven-born,
  5. heaven-sent,
  6. heavenly days,
  7. heavens,
  8. heavenward,
  9. heavenwards,
  10. heaves

Origin of heavenly

before 1000; Middle English hevenly, Old English heofonlīc. See heaven, -ly

Related formsheav·en·li·ness, nounun·heav·en·ly, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for heavenly


/ (ˈhɛvənlɪ) /


informal alluring, wonderful, or sublime
of or occurring in spacea heavenly body
divine; holy
Derived Formsheavenliness, noun

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Word Origin and History for heavenly



Old English heofonlic "celestial; chaste;" see heaven + -ly (1). Meaning "beautiful, divinely lovely" is late 14c., often (though not originally) with reference to the celestial "music of the spheres;" weakened sense of "excellent, enjoyable" is first recorded 1874. The heavenly bodies (stars, planets, etc.) attested from late 14c. Related: Heavenliness.

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