céu

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See also: ceu and ce'u

Portuguese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese ceo ‎(sky; heaven), from Latin caelum ‎(sky).

Cognate with Galician ceo, Spanish cielo, Catalan cel, Occitan cèl, French ciel, Italian cielo and Romanian cer.

Noun[edit]

céu m (plural céus)

  1. sky
    O céu é azul.‎ ― The sky is blue.
    • 1965, Amália Rodrigues, “Fado Português”:
      O Fado nasceu um dia, / quando o vento mal bulia / e o céu o mar prolongava, / na amurada dum veleiro, / no peito dum marinheiro / que, estando triste, cantava.
      Fado was born one day, / when the wind was blowing hard / and the sky was extending the sea, / in the bulwark of a ship, / in the chest of a sailor / who, being sad, was singing.
    • 2003, J. K. Rowling, Lya Wyler, Harry Potter e a Ordem da Fênix, Rocco, page 246:
      Então continuaram a estudar enquanto o céu lá fora se tornava gradualmente mais escuro.
      Then they continued to study while the sky outside was becoming gradually darker.
  2. heaven

Usage notes[edit]

This word can be used in the singular or plural indiscriminately. Plural usage tends to be more poetic.

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

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  • Angolar: onthe
  • Annobonese: osé
  • Guinea-Bissau Creole: seu
  • Indo-Portuguese: ceos
  • Kabuverdianu: séu
  • Korlai Creole Portuguese: sews
  • Principense: ose
  • Sãotomense: ose