ethereal 1510s, "of the highest regions of the atmosphere," from ETHER (Cf. ether) + -AL (Cf. -al) (1); extended sense of "light, airy" is from 1590s. Meaning "spiritlike, immaterial" is from 1640s. Related: Ethereally.

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  • ethereal — [ē thir′ē əl, ithir′ē əl] adj. [< L aetherius < Gr aitherios + AL] 1. of or like the ether, or upper regions of space 2. very light; airy; delicate [ethereal music] 3. not earthly; heavenly; celestial 4. Chem. of, like, or containing ether …   English World dictionary

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  • ethereal — (also etherial) ► ADJECTIVE 1) extremely delicate and light. 2) heavenly or spiritual. DERIVATIVES ethereality noun ethereally adverb …   English terms dictionary

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