Word of the Week (WOW) – Ethereal


Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link to it as a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

Here is my WOW for this week:


Word: Ethereal

Part of Speech:  Adjective

(Adverb: ethereally.  Noun: ethereality; etherealness)

 Pronunciation:  e – the – re -al     (ih – theer – ee – uh – l)


1. Extremely light or delicate, especially in  an unnatural way; refined

2. Of the celestial spheres; heavenly

3. Relating to, containing, or resembling a chemical ether


1. ghostly, vaporous, wraithlike, waiflike, bodiless, fragile, frail, intangible, immaterial, incorporeal, diaphonous, non-physical

2. spiritual, sublime, divine, holy, Elysian, unearthly, otherworldly


Substantial, earthly, worldy, corporeal, concrete, tangible, material

Word Origin:   

First documented use in English 1505-15 >  Latin aethere (us) > Greek aithérios 

Use in a sentence: 

1. Sarah gazed at the ethereal wings of a dragonfly.


2. Beyond the stars is the ethereal realm of the divine. (As in fantasy, mythology etc.)


3. Deborah was small, fair and ethereal.

4. The stained-glass windows gave the church an ethereal glow


Note. This word is not to be confused with ephemeral, which means transitory or short- lived – like a mayfly. I like both words and the ways in which they can be used.

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19 thoughts on “Word of the Week (WOW) – Ethereal

    1. Thank you, PJ. It’s a word I’ve liked for a long time. I also like ephemeral. I’ll be thinking of a word beginning with f next week, (I’m going through the alphabet). 🙂

  1. Thanks for explanation en illustration too. I think I can learn a lot from these words because my vocabulary is very slim!

      1. Imagination helps for those words. Scnauzers are also known for a whole wide vocabulary range! Ha ha

    1. That’s good to know, Ashley. Thank you. I enjoy doing them. Words are fascinating things and I like playing around with them . Whereas, numbers and me are rarely on speaking terms! 🙂

    1. Thank you for that nice comment! I’m running late with my replies this week, so sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Hope you are well, whether you’re travelling at present or at home. 🙂

  2. Great post , Millie! I love the word ‘ethereal’ and spiders, too, except for the poisonous red-back spider and the deadly funnel web.

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