Meaning of “heaven” in the English Dictionary

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"heaven" in British English

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heavennoun

uk /ˈhev.ən/ us /ˈhev.ən/

B2 [ U ] in some religions, the place, sometimes imagined to be in the sky, where God or the gods live and where good people are believed to go after they die, so that they can enjoy perfect happiness

B2 [ U ] informal a situation that gives you great pleasure:

I just lay in the sun for a week and did nothing - it was heaven.
the heavens [ plural ]

the sky:

We stared up at the heavens trying to see the comet.

More examples

  • Beethoven's dying words are said to have been "I shall hear in heaven".
  • Theirs is a match made in heaven.
  • Our Father, who art in heaven...
  • He'll move heaven and earth to get it done on time.
  • Since they got married, they've been in seventh heaven.

(Definition of “heaven” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heaven" in American English

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heavennoun [ U ]

us /ˈhev·ən/

(in some religions) the place where God or the gods live or where good people are believed to go after they die, sometimes thought to be in the sky

Heaven is also something that gives you great pleasure:

It was heaven lying there in the sunshine listening to the birds sing.

(Definition of “heaven” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)