From Middle English heven, from Old English heofon (“heaven, sky”), from Proto-Germanic *himinaz, *himilaz (“heaven, sky”), from Proto-Indo-European *k(')em-en-, *k(')em-er- (“sky, cloud”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱam- (“cover, shroud, clothes”). Cognate with Low German Heven (“heaven, sky”), Old Saxon heƀan (“heaven, sky”), Old Norse hifinn, himinn (“heaven, sky”), Gothic 𐌷𐌹𐌼𐌹𐌽𐍃 (himins, “heaven, sky”), Dutch hemel (“heaven”), German Himmel (“heaven”), and perhaps Welsh cwmwl (“cloud”), Cornish kommol (“cloud”), Breton koumoul (“cloud”) – unless all these three reflect a borrowing of Latin cumulus (“heap”) into Proto-British instead, compare Modern English cumulus (“a type of cloud”). Related to chemise.
heaven (plural heavens)
- (often in the plural) The sky.
- I never saw the heavens so dim by day.
- D. Webster
- to behold for the last time the sun in heaven
- (theology) The paradise of the afterlife in certain religions, considered to be the home of the god or gods of those religions, and often the home, or one of various possible homes, of souls of deceased people.
- Mommy’s gone to heaven to be with God.
- It is a knell / That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
- A blissful place or experience.
- Soaking in a warm bath after a long day at work is sheer heaven.
- O bed! bed! delicious bed! / That heaven upon earth to the weary head!
- The sovereign of heaven; God; also, the assembly of the blessed, collectively.
- Her prayers, whom Heaven delights to hear.
- The will / And high permission of all-ruling Heaven.
- (sky): firmament, sky, welkin
- (paradise): paradise
- (entrance to heaven): pearly gates
- (blissful place or experience): delight, dream, paradise
- for heaven's sake
- good heavens!
- heaven forbid!, heaven forfend
- heavenise, heavenize
- heaven knows
- heavens above!
- hog heaven
- Kingdom of Heaven
- manna from heaven
- seventh heaven
- stink to high heaven