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1. Of or relating to the sky or physical universe as understood in astronomy: Planets are celestial bodies.
2. Of or relating to heaven; divine: celestial beings.
3. Supremely good; sublime: celestial happiness.
4. Celestial Of or relating to the Chinese people or to the former Chinese Empire.
A heavenly being; a god or angel.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin celestiālis, from Latin caelestis, from caelum, sky.]

ce·les′tial·ly adv.
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References in classic literature ?
He pointed to the picture of the Madonna, the upper part of which represented the conventional cherubs of Italian Art, celestially provided with sitting accommodation for their chins, on balloons of buff-coloured cloud.
I'll quote a graf in one of my favorite books Celestially Auspicious Occasions: Seasons, Cycles and Celebrations by Donna Henes which might as well describe exactly what's happening in the sports world when the off-season eases into the pre-season.
Indeed it is no coincidence that the regional theatre movement, which began in the early 1960s, and the Civil Rights movement were celestially aligned.
But if you stayed up for it - or got up really early - the eclipse that passed over the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia early Monday thrilled the celestially inclined watching as the Earth moved between the sun and the moon.
For our next step we will voyage far to the south, both geographically and celestially. M8, the Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius, the Archer, is a stellar nursery, and one of only two star-forming regions visible to the naked eye (the other is the Orion Nebula, M42).
Ever since the world's most celestially beautiful duo uncoupled 18 months ago, amid allegations of his drug-taking and her disregard for their children's privacy, there has been speculation as to who might supplant the ambrosial Angelina Jolie in Brad Pitt's affections.
These stories are mostly presented before children as super human and celestially fabricated stories.
Here in these lines is the closest rendering I am ever likely to see of what I heard and felt on that day for I did, certainly, get the chance to 'feel celestially' and I saw the possibility of purity in human experience, as well as the reality of our connectedness.
In her description of the creche as well as the Madonna, Joseph, and the Child, Bowen emphasizes an interplay of light and shadow, a trope that informs much of her fiction: "Celestially lighted, the group of three is at the same time softly lapped by shadows; they are on earth" (Bowen, People 38).
Ebony's less-than-average spirit tracking abilities are ruining more than sixth grade at Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted.
Here, Pfeiffer's rapt creatures correspond to Meredith's joyous lark, who enables the "better heart of men" to "feel celestially": "For singing till his heaven fills,/'Tis love of earth that he instils" ("The Lark Ascending," 11.
REACH FOR THE STARS It was only a matter of time before the star and moon motifs so popular in the Nineties started appearing in the shops, but this time around, the celestially inspired pieces are super-chic.