English Dictionary

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819

empyrean (ˌɛmpaɪˈriːən



  1. (archaic) the highest part of the (supposedly spherical) heavens, thought in ancient times to contain the pure element of fire and by early Christians to be the abode of God and the angels
  2. (poetic) the heavens or sky



also: : empyreal
  1. of or relating to the sky, the heavens, or the empyrean
  2. heavenly or sublime
  3. (archaic) composed of fire

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin empyreus, from Greek empuros fiery, from pur fire


View thesaurus entry
= heavenly, refined, aerial, sublime, airy, celestial, ethereal, skylike
= heavens, firmament, upper atmosphere, azure (poetic), welkin (archaic), vault of heaven, rangi (New Zealand)


Log in to comment on this word.