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

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


  1. informal alluring, wonderful, or sublime
  2. of or occurring in spacea heavenly body
  3. 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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