If something is heavenly, it either has something to do with God — it's sacred or divine — or it's so wonderful that it seems like it is, like the heavenly double-fudge brownies that your dad makes.

If you hear a priest in a church refer to "the heavenly Father," that basically translates to "God in heaven." When you observe heavenly objects through your telescope, you're looking at things that are in the sky, rather than something sacred or religious. And the most common, everyday way to use this adjective is to mean so beautiful or amazing that it seems like it came from heaven: "This weather is heavenly."

Definitions of heavenly
  1. adjective
    relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven
    heavenly hosts”
    synonyms: celestial
  2. adjective
    of or belonging to heaven or god
    ambrosial, ambrosian
    worthy of the gods
    celestial, ethereal, supernal
    of heaven or the spirit
    divine, godly
    emanating from God
    divine, godlike
    being or having the nature of a god
    paradisaic, paradisaical, paradisal, paradisiac, paradisiacal
    relating to or befitting Paradise
    divine, providential
    resulting from divine providence
    superlunar, superlunary, translunar, translunary
    unworldly or ethereal
    being or coming from on high
    not subject to death
    concerned with religion or religious purposes
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    of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven
    connected with earthly life; of earthly origin
    confined to the earth
    resembling or characteristic of earth
    mundane, terrene
    belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly
    sublunar, sublunary, terrestrial
    of this earth
    of this earth or world
    subject to death
    profane, secular
    not concerned with or devoted to religion
    secular, temporal, worldly
    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world
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  3. adjective
    of or relating to the sky
    “a heavenly body”
    synonyms: celestial
  4. adjective
    highly pleasing or delightful
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    beastly, god-awful, hellish
    very unpleasant
    disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings
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