Definition of heavenly in US English:



  • 1Of heaven; divine.

    ‘heavenly Father’
    • ‘But it is every blessing that is spiritual in heavenly places.’
    • ‘The act of being robed in white by the heavenly benefactor speaks of the divine patron bestowing honor upon them in their hour of shame.’
    • ‘The prayer was so heavenly and full of earnest spirituality that all gathered were affected by it.’
    • ‘Next, John is shown the heavenly court where God shares his divine throne with Jesus, who appears in the form of a slain but risen Lamb.’
    • ‘If you do not forgive men their sins your heavenly Father will not forgive you.’
    • ‘Let's listen carefully for the counsel of the Holy Spirit and train our eyes on the prize of the heavenly Jerusalem.’
    • ‘We who are the objects of that divine love are infinitely more treasured by our heavenly Father than we can know.’
    • ‘The members of the church today are blest with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ.’
    • ‘The new covenant is linked with the new heavenly Jerusalem.’
    • ‘In such instances, the chant becomes wordless and the music begins to echo a kind of heavenly or angelic music.’
    • ‘Earlier views of Jesus had portrayed him as a heavenly figure who had come to reveal heavenly mysteries and to institute a new religion.’
    • ‘Blessings are obtained from our heavenly Father through prayer.’
    • ‘Phillip Frank is now a prince in God's heavenly kingdom.’
    • ‘Immortality means belonging to the family of God, the heavenly court.’
    • ‘It tries to gain advantages before God and obtain righteousness through a supposedly better life with more divine occupations and more heavenly thoughts.’
    • ‘Some picture it as a kind of spiritual capital - like money in a bank account - whereby credit is built up as the deposit on a heavenly rebirth.’
    • ‘God's love of humanity makes the heavenly Father into a heavenly Mother.’
    • ‘Our own churches are intended to be holy places - sanctuaries for the heavenly chorus, a place where God meets humans.’
    • ‘He knelt at the Pope's feet, took his hand, and said, ‘God bless you, heavenly father!’’
    • ‘But the Holy Spirit wants to raise our minds to our heavenly Father so that we can look at him and delight in him, just as he delights in us.’
    divine, holy, celestial, godlike, godly, angelic, seraphic, cherubic, blessed, blest, beatific, immortal
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  • 2Of the heavens or sky.

    ‘heavenly constellations’
    • ‘Perfect motion should be in circles, so the stars and planets, being heavenly objects, moved in circles.’
    • ‘With allusions to the heavenly clutter of planets and stars, the artist gives his canvases a feeling of boundlessness.’
    celestial, cosmic, stellar
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  • 3informal Very pleasing; wonderful.

    ‘their shampoos smell heavenly’
    ‘it was a heavenly morning for a ride’
    • ‘I was about to give up when I spotted the most beautiful, perfect, heavenly, off white, romantic fairy-fantasy skirt at the far end of the floor.’
    • ‘There are certainly heavenly smells that remind me how much I love and miss California.’
    • ‘Thus, the Youth Daily proclaimed, ‘The draw of the Super Girls leaves the heavenly kings of pop in their dust.’’
    • ‘They run out quickly of these heavenly delights, so get there early.’
    • ‘Paradise is easier for Sally to work with because Ruskin had already recognised it in a lush green flat space with heavenly views over Coniston and hills.’
    • ‘Shopping is a mundane necessity for most of us, but for some, it is a heavenly delight that just can't be beaten by any other vice.’
    • ‘Indeed, it was a heavenly delight to hear his sublimely pure ethical doctrine delivered with such powerful philosophic eloquence from the lips of its very creator.’
    • ‘Everything seemed heavenly that morning, even washing the dishes, for Emlyn was filled with the euphoria of being on the road for the first time.’
    • ‘The flowers direct the eye upward past a small, brooding view of Toledo - at which point the picture seems to burst into an exultant heavenly space.’
    • ‘A fireside chat in the wee hours of the morning attains a heavenly composure, the dramatic ethereal lighting making this their crucial scene.’
    • ‘Together we shall traverse this heavenly path to excellence.’
    • ‘‘Hmmm,’ said Sophie when we entered the heavenly portals of the pleasuredome.’
    • ‘Jason Pierce oversaw the compilation of tracks here, and it serves as a timely reminder of the heavenly wonder of one of Britain's foremost musical talents.’
    • ‘I had one this morning at one of our local spas and it was heavenly.’
    • ‘To be clement is to be lenient and compassionate, or, in the case of weather, perfectly heavenly.’
    • ‘It was like the world disappeared, and we were spinning in a void of perfect, heavenly intimacy and pleasure.’
    • ‘A new brand has appeared, and this morning I had a scallop dish that was truly heavenly.’
    delightful, wonderful, marvellous, glorious, perfect, excellent, ideal, superb, sublime, idyllic, first-class, first-rate
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Old English heofonlic (see heaven, -ly).