An example of heaven is where God, Jesus and the angels live.
An example of heaven is the stars.
The lake was heaven.
- 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, I 263Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav'n.
- (religion, by extension, often capitalized) The abode of God in Islam; similar abodes of the gods in other religions and traditions, such as Mount Olympus..1594, William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, IV iii 41With Ioue in heauen, or some where else.
- (dated, now usually plural) The distant sky in which the sun, moon, and stars appear or move; the firmament; the celestial spheres.1930 March, Nature, 179 2The moon's path lies in that belt of the heavens known as the zodiac.
- C. 1382, Wycliffe's Bible, Job XXXV 11.The bestis of the erthe...the foulis of heuene.
- 1581, George Pettie translating Stefano Guazzo, Ciuile Conuersation, I 26.
- 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, I 254–255The mind is its own place, and in it selfCan make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
- 1809 October 26, William Wordsworth, Friend, 163Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven!.
- (informal, with a modifier) Similarly blissful afterlives, places, or states for particular people, animals, or objects..2004 July 17, Western Mail (Cardiff), 15Goronwy has gone to goldfish heaven where he is swimming in a beautiful clear blue ocean with all the other fishies.
- 2011, Lillian Tseng, Picturing Heaven in Early China, 2.
1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, I 263Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav'n.
The Heauens...are carried in 24 houres from East to West.
The heavens favored the young prince.
- To do everything possible to bring about something desired.
- To do all that can be done; exert the utmost effort, influence, etc.
Origin of heaven
- Middle English heven from Old English heofon ak- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Cognate with Low German hēven (“heaven, sky”), Old Saxon heƀan (“heaven, sky”), and possibly the rare Old Norse hifinn, probably dissimilated forms of the Germanic root which appears in Old Norse himinn (“heaven, sky”), Gothic (himins, “heaven, sky”), Old Swedish himin, Old Danish himæn and probably also (in another variant form) Old Saxon himil, Old Dutch himil (modern Dutch hemel), and Old High German himil (German Himmel).
- From a wide variety of Middle English forms including hevin, heuen, and hewin (“heaven, sky”), from Old English heofon (“heaven, sky”), of uncertain origin.