Celestial empire

Celestial empire
Celestial Ce*les"tial, a. [OF. celestial, celestied, fr. L. caelestic, fr. caelum heaved. See {Cell}.] 1. Belonging to the a["e]rial regions, or visible heavens. ``The twelve celestial signs.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to the spiritual heaven; heavenly; divine. ``Celestial spirits.'' ``Celestial light,'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, the Chinese, or Celestial, Empire, of the Chinese people. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Celestial city}, heaven; the heavenly Jerusalem. --Bunyan.

{Celestial empire}, China; -- so called from the Chinese words, tien chan, Heavenly Dynasty, as being the kingdom ruled over by the dynasty appointed by heaven. --S. W. Williams. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Celestial empire — Empire Em pire, n. [F., fr. L. imperium a command, sovereignty, dominion, empire, fr. imperare. See {Emperor}; cf. {Imperial}.] 1. Supreme power; sovereignty; sway; dominion. The empire of the sea. Shak. [1913 Webster] Over hell extend His empire …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Celestial Empire — [transl. of a former Chin name for China] CHINESE EMPIRE …   English World dictionary

  • Celestial Empire — the former Chinese Empire. [1815 25] * * * Celestial Empire noun (historical) China, the Chinese Empire • • • Main Entry: ↑celestial * * * Celestial Empire, the Chinese Empire …   Useful english dictionary

  • Celestial Empire — geographical name the former Chinese Empire …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Celestial Empire — the former Chinese Empire. [1815 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • Celestial Empire — Chinese Empire …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Celestial Empire — n. Chinese Empire from 1815 1825 …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Celestial Empire — Celes′tial Em′pire n. why the Chinese Empire • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • Celestial Empire — /səlɛstiəl ˈɛmpaɪə/ (say suhlesteeuhl empuyuh) noun a literary name for the former Chinese Empire. {translation of the Chinese name} …   Australian English dictionary

  • CELESTIAL EMPIRE —    China, as ruled over by a dynasty appointed by Heaven …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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