Adjective "ethereal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world.
  1. 'Interlocking together, the white lights gave off an almost ethereal glow.'
  2. 'He was anything but earthly, however, his form a translucent pale blue and shimmering with ethereal light.'
  3. 'After the rains the hills have an ethereal quality to them.'
  4. 'Amid the shots of astronauts and soccer players, the viewer suddenly notices an ethereal white light.'
  5. 'Her voice is light but never ethereal, grounded but never guttural.'
  6. 'This film is loaded with symbolic imagery, and it has an extremely ethereal quality, in part due to the score by Arvo Pärt, but mostly because of the director's use of movement and stasis.'
  7. 'It was surrounded by a glowing ethereal light and swirling vapours.'
  8. 'The ethereal blue and green lights, coupled with the steam covering the stage floor, was such a necessary addition, that I knew that some sense of atmosphere could have been lost without it.'
  9. 'Zurn, best known for her relationship with Hans Bellmer, produced a body of ethereal, delicate and haunting drawings during the most prolific decade of her life, the 1960s.'
  10. 'Her delicate features accentuated her ethereal beauty.'
  11. 'ethereal, otherworldly visions'
  12. 'We can accomplish these goals through mental effort and energy work in the ethereal plane.'
  13. 'From time to time she would go completely limp, as her spirit slipped from her body into the ethereal plane, feeling the ebb and flow of the thought stream that had caught her attention.'
  14. 'The God of the Bible is not some ethereal gnostic spirit but a personal God covenanted to the people He chose.'
  15. 'Or was it something more ethereal, more spiritual?'
  16. 'His spirit taunted her, mocked her from the higher, ethereal plane of existence.'
  17. 'And I'm quite aware later that I've been in a very special place; it's physical, ethereal, spiritual, it's all those things.'
(of a solution) having diethyl ether as a solvent.
  1. 'The ethereal solvent was evaporated as before and the residue recovered.'
  2. 'The aqueous phase was re-extracted with ether and the combined ethereal extracts washed with water until free from alkali.'
  3. 'Lipids were extracted according to the method of Bligh and Dyer, followed by methylation with ethereal diazomethane.'


1. light, airy, or tenuous: an ethereal world created through the poetic imagination.

2. extremely delicate or refined: ethereal beauty.

3. heavenly or celestial: gone to his ethereal home.

4. of or relating to the upper regions of space.

5. Chemistry. pertaining to, containing, or resembling ethyl ether.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be ethereal in dresses."

"beauties can be ethereal."

"people can be ethereal."

"worlds can be ethereal."

"qualities can be ethereal."

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Early 16th century: via Latin from Greek aitherios (from aithēr ‘ether’) + -al.