Meaning of ethereal


Something ethereal is airy and insubstantial, like a ghostly figure at the top of the stairs. This word can also describe something delicate and light, like a singer’s ethereal voice.

Ethereal comes from the Greek word for ether, which means “air” or more specifically “the upper regions of space.” An ethereal substance or sound is one that carries the feeling of light and air — something you might see in a vision that strikes you as heavenly or supernatural.

Definitions of ethereal
  1. adjective

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

    “physical rather than
    ethereal forms”

    aerial, aeriform, aery, airy

    insubstantial, unreal, unsubstantial

    lacking material form or substance; unreal
  2. adjective

    characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy

    “this smallest and most
    ethereal of birds”



    exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
  3. adjective

    of heaven or the spirit

    ethereal melodies”

    celestial, supernal


    of or belonging to heaven or god
  4. adjective

    of or containing or dissolved in ether

    ethereal solution”

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