WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
e•the•re•al /ɪˈθɪriəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. light;
    extremely delicate: ethereal beauty.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
e•the•re•al  (i thērē əl), 
  1. light, airy, or tenuous:an ethereal world created through the poetic imagination.
  2. extremely delicate or refined:ethereal beauty.
  3. heavenly or celestial:gone to his ethereal home.
  4. of or pertaining to the upper regions of space.
  5. Chemistry[Chem.]pertaining to, containing, or resembling ethyl ether.
Also,aethereal (for defs. 1–4).
  • Greek aithérios), equivalent. to aether- ether + -eus adjective, adjectival suffix + -al1
  • Latin aethere(us) (
  • 1505–15
e•the′re•ali•ty, e•there•al•ness, n. 
e•there•al•ly, adv. 
e•there•ous, adj. 

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ethereal /ɪˈθɪərɪəl/ adj
  1. extremely delicate or refined; exquisite
  2. almost as light as air; impalpable; airy
  3. celestial or spiritual
  4. of, containing, or dissolved in an ether, esp diethyl ether: an ethereal solution
  5. of or relating to the ether
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin aethereus, from Greek aitherios, from aithēr ether

eˌthereˈality, eˈtherealness n

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