Definitions

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

  • n. The highest reaches of heaven, believed by the ancients to be a realm of pure fire or light.
  • n. The abode of God and the angels; paradise.
  • n. The sky.
  • adj. Of or relating to the empyrean of ancient belief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The region of pure light and fire; the highest heaven, where the pure element of fire was supposed by the ancients to exist: the same as the ether, the ninth heaven according to ancient astronomy.
  • adj. of the sky or the heavens; celestially refined

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The highest heaven, where the pure element of fire was supposed by the ancients to subsist.
  • adj. Empyreal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Empyreal; celestially refined.
  • n. The region of pure light and fire; the highest heaven, where the pure element of fire was supposed by the ancients to exist: the same as the ether, the ninth heaven according to ancient astronomy.

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

  • adj. inspiring awe
  • n. the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
  • adj. of or relating to the sky or heavens

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin empyreum, from empyreus, empyreal; see empyreal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin empȳreus, from Ancient Greek ἔμπυρος (empyros), from ἐν (en, "in") + πῦρ (pyr, "fire") (English pyre). (Wiktionary)

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  • “The autochthons say that their cattle can speak but do not, knowing that to speak is to call up demons, all our words being only curses in the tongue of the empyrean.”
    —Gene Wolfe, The Urth of the New Sun

    October 1, 2008

  • Citation on incorrigibly.

    June 22, 2008