• The heavens or the sky, especially when regarded as a tangible thing.
  • A sphere or world viewed as a collection of people.

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Example Sentences

“Thunder and lightning filled the stormy firmament.”

“The pro tennis firmament has many strong contenders this year.”

“I always look at the firmament when I’m remembering holidays spent with my late grandmother.”

Word Origin

Old French, mid-13th century

Why this word?

Instead of looking to “the heavens,” follow Shakespeare’s lead and use the word “firmament,” as he did in Act III of “Julius Caesar.” 

“If I could pray to move, prayers would move me;

But I am constant as the northern star,

Of whose true-fixed and resting quality

There is no fellow in the firmament.”

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