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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ethereal mean? 

ETHEREAL (adjective)
  The adjective ETHEREAL has 4 senses:

1. characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air
2. of or containing or dissolved in ether
3. of heaven or the spirit
4. characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy

  Familiarity information: ETHEREAL used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ETHEREAL (adjective)

Sense 1ethereal [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air


aery; ethereal; aeriform; aerial; airy

Context examples:

figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away / aerial fancies / an airy apparition / physical rather than ethereal forms


insubstantial; unreal; unsubstantial (lacking material form or substance; unreal)

Sense 2ethereal [BACK TO TOP]


Of or containing or dissolved in ether

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

ethereal solution

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)


ether (a colorless volatile highly inflammable liquid formerly used as an inhalation anesthetic)

Sense 3ethereal [BACK TO TOP]


Of heaven or the spirit


supernal; celestial; ethereal

Context examples:

celestial peace / ethereal melodies / the supernal happiness of a quiet death


heavenly (of or belonging to heaven or god)

Sense 4ethereal [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy


gossamer; ethereal

Context examples:

this smallest and most ethereal of birds / gossamer shading through his playing


delicate (exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury)

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