from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Celestial; heavenly.
  • adj. Of, coming from, or being in the sky or high above.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to heaven or to the sky; celestial.
  • adj. Exalted, exquisite, superlative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being in a higher place or region; locally higher.
  • adj. Relating or belonging to things above; celestial; heavenly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being in a higher or upper place; situated above: as, supernal regions.
  • Relating to things above; celestial; heavenly.
  • In zoology, superior in position; situated high up: as, the supernal nostrils of a bird.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. being or coming from on high
  • adj. of heaven or the spirit


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin supernus; see uper in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French supernel or Medieval Latin supern─ülis, from Latin supernus. (Wiktionary)



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