from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the sky or the heavens: Planets are celestial bodies.
  • adj. Of or relating to heaven; divine: celestial beings.
  • adj. Supremely good; sublime: celestial happiness.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Chinese people or to the former Chinese Empire.
  • n. A heavenly being; a god or angel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to heaven in a religious sense.
  • adj. Relating to the sky or space.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the highest degree of glory.
  • n. An inhabitant of heaven.
  • n. (sometimes capitalized) A native of China.
  • n. by extension, an East Asian person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to the aërial regions, or visible heavens.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the spiritual heaven; heavenly; divine.
  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, the Chinese, or Celestial, Empire, of the Chinese people.
  • n. An inhabitant of heaven.
  • n. A native of China; a Chinaman; a Chinese.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the sky or visible heaven: as, the celestial globe; “the twelve celestial signs,”
  • Heavenly; belonging or relating to, or characteristic of, heaven; dwelling in heaven; hence, of superior excellence, delight, purity, etc.: as, a celestial being; celestial felicity.
  • n. An inhabitant of heaven.
  • n. [capitalized] A popular name for a native of China, the “Celestial Empire.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven
  • adj. of heaven or the spirit
  • adj. of or relating to the sky


Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin celestiālis, from Latin caelestis, from caelum, sky.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin caelestialis, from Latin caelestis, from caelum ("sky, heaven"). (Wiktionary)
From Celestial Empire, a formerly used name for China. (Wiktionary)



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  • Arrgghaballahhufflepox!

    I even saw TISM live. Once. But it were grand :-)

    February 26, 2009

  • Do I have to spell out the TISM reference then? (* esprit de l'escalier: This Is Serious Marsupial would have worked better *)

    February 26, 2009

  • Field Marshall Q, your good self and the rolig do serious better than anyone else on this battered conveyance, so have with it. Avanti!

    February 26, 2009

  • This Is Serious, Bilby

    February 26, 2009

  • Mistah quokka he must be do put money sweah jah, yessah.

    February 26, 2009

  •      Celestialling the word,
    her colour a deference still,
    her voice adored and implored : 'Lord, what choice ?'
    —Charles Williams, 'The Ascent of the Spear', in Taliessin Through Logres

    Mistah Williams he wanker.

    February 26, 2009

  • ..." and while
    Celestial blushes check thy conscious smile ..."
    Sheridan, School for Scandal

    January 2, 2008

  • As a noun, celestial refers to a heavenly being, a god or angel.

    August 7, 2007