see also: Heavens
  • IPA: /ˈhɛvənz/
  1. plural form of heaven

heavens (uncountable)

  1. (often with 'the') The distant sky of the sun, moon, and stars.
    • circa 1594 William Shakespeare, The Comedie of Errors, I i 66:
      What obscured light the heauens did grant.
    • 1625, Nathanæl Carpenter, Geography delineated forth in two bookes, I iv 77:
      The Heauens...are carried in 24 houres from East to West.
    • 1981, E.R. Harrison, Cosmology, XII 250:
      In an infinite...universe the stars would collectively outshine the Sun and flood the heavens with light far more intense than is observed.
  2. (religion) plural form of heaven: the abode of God or the gods; the abode of the blessed departed.
    • 1832, Charles Coleman, The Mythology of the Hindus, XIII 220:
      Like the Buddhas, they [the Jains] believe that there is a plurality of heavens and hells.
    • 1906 July 30, Washington Post, 12 4:
      Christ's coming from the heavens has entered into the life of humanity as the Founder of the world to come.
  3. (rare) plural form of heaven: the near sky of the weather, etc.
  4. (rare) plural form of heaven the will of God or the gods, Providence.
    • 1611, King James Bible, Daniel iv 26:
      After that thou shalt haue knowen that the heauens doe rule.
Translations Translations Interjection
  1. An expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, or frustration.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better. […]”
Synonyms Translations Verb
  1. third-person singular form of heaven

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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