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intangible; delicate; heavenly; spiritual: It was an ethereal visitation by someone from another world.
Not to be confused with:
ephemeral – lasting a short time; transitory; short-lived: It was an ephemeral but delightful visit.
1. Extremely light or delicate: "An ant lion ... is lovely, long-bodied like a damselfly, with a pair of ethereal wings" (Jennifer Ackerman).
a. Of the celestial spheres; heavenly.
b. Spiritual or otherworldly.
3. Chemistry Of or relating to ether.
[From Latin aetherius, from Greek aitherios, from aithēr, upper air.]
e·the′re·al′i·ty (-ăl′ĭ-tē), e·the′re·al·ness n.
1. extremely delicate or refined; exquisite
2. almost as light as air; impalpable; airy
3. celestial or spiritual
4. (Chemistry) of, containing, or dissolved in an ether, esp diethyl ether: an ethereal solution.
5. of or relating to the ether
[C16: from Latin aethereus, from Greek aitherios, from aithēr ether]
eˌthereˈality, eˈtherealness n
e•the•re•al(ɪˈθɪər i əl)
1. light, airy, or tenuous.
2. extremely delicate or refined: ethereal beauty.
3. heavenly or celestial.
4. of or pertaining to the upper regions of space.
5. pertaining to, containing, or resembling ethyl ether.
[1505–15; < Latin aethere(us) < Greek aithérios]
e•the`re•al′i•ty, e•the′re•al•ness, n.
ethereal- First meant "resembling the ether or lightest and most subtle of elements," and now means that something is impalpable or unearthly.
See also related terms for subtle.
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|Adj.||1.||ethereal - 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"|
|2.||ethereal - of or containing or dissolved in ether; "ethereal solution"|
|3.||ethereal - of heaven or the spirit; "celestial peace"; "ethereal melodies"; "the supernal happiness of a quiet death"|
heavenly - of or belonging to heaven or god
|4.||ethereal - characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy; "this smallest and most ethereal of birds"; "gossamer shading through his playing"|
delicate - exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury; "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
1. delicate, light, fine, subtle, refined, exquisite, tenuous, dainty, rarefied gorgeous, hauntingly ethereal melodies
2. insubstantial, light, fairy, aerial, airy, intangible, rarefied, impalpable the ethereal world of romantic fiction