- the highest heaven; specif.,
- among the ancients, the sphere of pure light or fire
- among Christian poets, the abode of God
- the sky; the celestial vault; firmament
Origin of empyreansee empyreal and amp; -an
- a. The highest reaches of heaven, believed by the ancients to be a realm of pure fire or light.b. The abode of God and the angels; paradise.
- The sky.
Of or relating to the empyrean of ancient belief.
Origin of empyreanFrom Medieval Latin empyreum, from empyreus, empyreal; see empyreal.
- 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 Latin empȳreus, from Ancient Greek ἔμπυρος (empyros), from ἐν (en, “in”) + πῦρ (pyr, “fire”) (English pyre).