ethereal [ih-theer-ee-uh l] ExamplesWord Originadjective
- light, airy, or tenuous: an ethereal world created through the poetic imagination.
- extremely delicate or refined: ethereal beauty.
- heavenly or celestial: gone to his ethereal home.
- of or relating to the upper regions of space.
- Chemistry. pertaining to, containing, or resembling ethyl ether.
Also ae·the·re·al (for defs 1–4). Origin of ethereal 1505–15; Latin aethere(us) (Greek aithérios), equivalent to aether- ether + -eus adj. suffix + -al1 Related formse·the·re·al·i·ty, e·the·re·al·ness, noune·the·re·al·ly, adverbe·the·re·ous, adjectivenon·e·the·re·al, adjectivenon·e·the·re·al·ly, adverbnon·e·the·re·al·ness, nounnon·e·the·re·al·i·ty, nounun·e·the·re·al, adjectiveun·e·the·re·al·ly, adverbun·e·the·re·al·ness, noun Related Words for ethereal celestial, intangible, exquisite, ghostly, airy, sublime, aerial, dainty, divine, empyrean, fairy, filmy, fine, gaseous, gossamer, impalpable, insubstantial, light, rarefied, refined Examples from the Web for ethereal Contemporary Examples of ethereal
Bitcoin began 2013 with a roaring price of $770 per unit, and businesses right and left were converting to the ethereal product.
December 31, 2014
One skeleton in particular has become famous for the brutal way she died and the ethereal way her body was preserved.
August 14, 2014
C, lastly, I just think [Perritaz] has a natural taste for purity, delicacy, and ethereal balance.
July 19, 2014
I remember telling people at the time, ‘This kid is so ethereal and interesting.’
July 10, 2014
They will return, Eve says, and in the meanwhile they have an ethereal beauty.
May 15, 2014
Historical Examples of ethereal
Deep were my musings, as to the race and attributes of that ethereal being.
She waved her hand to Edgar Vaughan, with a gesture of ethereal triumph.
She had all the ethereal beauty of the saints relieved from their bodies.
We start off in pursuit of them in an ethereal heaven, in the infinite of our dreams.
Few of the flowers merely meant for ornament are so ethereal as a potato.
G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for ethereal ethereal adjective
- extremely delicate or refined; exquisite
- almost as light as air; impalpable; airy
- celestial or spiritual
- of, containing, or dissolved in an ether, esp diethyl etheran ethereal solution
- of or relating to the ether
Derived Formsethereality or etherealness, nounethereally, adverbWord Origin for ethereal C16: from Latin aethereus, from Greek aitherios, from aithēr ether Word Origin and History for ethereal adj.
ethereal in Medicine ethereal [ĭ-thîr′ē-əl] adj.
- Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible.
- Of, relating to, or containing ether.
Related formse•the′re•al′i•ty (-ăl′ĭ-tē) null n.e•the′re•al•ly adv.