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Dictionary Definition

ethereal adj
1 characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air; "figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away"- Thomas Carlyle; "aerial fancies"; "an airy apparition"; "physical rather than ethereal forms" [syn: aeriform, aerial, airy, aery]
2 of or containing or dissolved in ether; "ethereal solution"
3 of heaven or the spirit; "celestial peace"; "ethereal melodies"; "the supernal happiness of a quiet death" [syn: celestial, supernal]
4 characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy; "this smallest and most ethereal of birds"; "gossamer shading through his playing" [syn: gossamer]

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English

Etymology

from Latin aetherius, from

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP /ɪˈθɪə.ri.əl/, /I"TI@.rI.@l/
  • italbrac US /ɪˈθɪr.i.əl/ or /əˈθɪr.i.əl/

Adjective

  1. Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; as, ethereal space; ethereal regions.
    • 1667: Milton, Paradise Lost, book VII
      Go, heavenly guest, ethereal messenger.
    • 1862: Thoreau, Walking.
      I trust that we shall be more imaginative, that our thoughts will be clearer, fresher, and more ethereal, as our sky,...
  2. Consisting of ether; hence, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy, as form, manner, thought, etc.
    • 1733: Pope, An Essay on Man
      Vast chain of being, which from God began, Natures ethereal, human, angel, man.
  3. Delicate, light and airy.

Translations

Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere
Consisting of ether; hence, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy
Delicate, light and airy

References

Extensive Definition

Ethereal could refer to:
  • Ethereal oils, concentrated, hydrophobic liquids containing volatile aromatic compounds extracted from plants
  • Wireshark (formerly Ethereal), a software network traffic analyzer
  • Ethereal, a horse that won Australia's Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in 2001
  • Ethereal Home Theatre, a company that specializes in home theatre cables, but also makes other audio/video products

Music

Fiction

ethereal in German: Ethereal
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ethereal in Galician: Ethereal
ethereal in Polish: Ethereal
ethereal in Portuguese: Ethereal
ethereal in Russian: Ethereal
ethereal in Swedish: Ethereal
ethereal in Turkish: Ethereal

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Elysian, Olympian, adulterated, aerial, aeriform, aerodynamic, aerostatic, aery, air-built, airish, airlike, airy, alfresco, altitudinous, ascending, asomatous, aspiring, astral, atmospheric, attenuate, attenuated, beatific, beatified, blessed, bodiless, boyish, breezy, bubbly, celestial, chimeric, chimerical, cloud-born, cloud-built, cloud-woven, colossal, cut, decarnate, decarnated, delicate, diaphanous, dilute, diluted, discarnate, disembodied, dominating, downy, dreamlike, ectoplasmic, elevated, eminent, empyreal, empyrean, etheric, exalted, exposed, extramundane, extraterrestrial, fanciful, fatuitous, fatuous, feathery, filmy, fine, fine-drawn, finespun, flimsy, fluffy, foamy, fragile, frail, from on high, frothy, fuming, fumy, gaseous, gasified, gasiform, gaslike, gassy, gauzy, ghostish, ghostlike, ghostly, ghosty, girlish, glorified, gossamer, gossamery, gracile, haughty, heavenly, high, high-pitched, high-reaching, high-set, high-up, illusory, imaginary, immaterial, impalpable, imponderable, imponderous, in glory, incorporate, incorporeal, insubstantial, intangible, lacy, leger, light, light as air, lighter than vanity, lofty, mephitic, miasmal, miasmatic, miasmic, misty, monumental, mounting, mousse, nonmaterial, nonphysical, occult, open-air, otherworldly, outtopping, overlooking, overtopping, oxyacetylene, oxygenous, ozonic, papery, paradisaic, paradisal, paradisiac, paradisic, phantasmal, phantasmic, phantom, phantomic, phantomlike, pneumatic, prominent, psychic, rare, rarefied, reeking, reeky, roomy, shadowy, slender, slenderish, slight, slight-made, slim, slimmish, slinky, small, smoking, smoky, soaring, souffle, specterlike, spectral, spiring, spiritual, spirituous, steaming, steamy, steep, sublime, subtile, subtle, superlative, supernal, supernatural, svelte, sylphlike, tenuous, thin, thin-bodied, thin-set, thin-spun, thinned, thinned-out, thinnish, threadlike, topless, toplofty, topping, towering, towery, transcendental, transmundane, tropospheric, uncompact, uncompressed, unearthly, unembodied, unextended, unfleshly, unheavy, unphysical, unreal, unsubstantial, unworldly, uplifted, upreared, vague, vaporing, vaporish, vaporlike, vaporous, vapory, volatile, wasp-waisted, watered, watered-down, watery, weak, weightless, willowy, windy, wiredrawn, wispy, wraithlike, wraithy, yeasty
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