ethereal[ē t̸hir′ē əl, i-]
- The definition of ethereal is someone or something that is light, airy or heavenly.
- An example of ethereal is the voice of a person who seems to whisper when talking.
- An example of ethereal is a party room decorated only with the color white, using soft fabrics such as netting and chiffon.
A forest scene with an ethereal feel.
- of or like the ether, or upper regions of space
- very light; airy; delicate: ethereal music
- not earthly; heavenly; celestial
- Chem. of, like, or containing ether, esp. if mixed with an essential oil
Origin of ethereal; from Classical Latin aetherius ; from Classical Greek aitherios + -al
- Extremely light or delicate: “An ant lion &ellipsis; 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.
- Chemistry Of or relating to ether.
Origin of etherealFrom Latin aetherius, from Greek aitherios, from aithēr, upper air.
- e·the′re·al′i·ty , e·the′re·al·ness
(comparative more ethereal, superlative most ethereal)
- Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; otherworldly; as, ethereal space; ethereal regions.
- Consisting of ether; hence, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy, as form, manner, thought, etc.
- Delicate, light and airy.
From Latin aetherius (“of or pertaining to the ether, the sky, or the air or upper air; ethereal”), from Ancient Greek αἰθέριος (aitherios, “of or pertaining to the upper air; ethereal”).