- 1 (also Heaven) [uncountable] (used without the) (in some religions) the place believed to be the home of God where good people go when they die the kingdom of heaven I feel like I've died and gone to heaven. See related entries: Types of belief
- 2 [uncountable, countable] (informal) a place or situation in which you are very happy This isn't exactly my idea of heaven! It was heaven being away from the office for a week. The island is truly a heaven on earth. See related entries: Happiness
- 3the heavens [plural] (literary) the sky Four tall trees stretched up to the heavens. See related entries: Sky Word Origin Old English heofon, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hemel and German Himmel.Extra examples It was a marriage made in heaven. It was sheer heaven being alone at last. Our child seemed a gift from heaven. The island is truly a heaven on earth. The kids were in absolute heaven at the fair.Idioms
- 1 used to emphasize that you do not know something God knows what else they might find. ‘Where are they?’ ‘Goodness knows.’ Some people may find the use of God knows offensive.
- 2used to emphasize the truth of what you are saying She ought to pass the exam—goodness knows she's been working hard enough.
- 1to have a strong unpleasant smell
- 2to seem to be very dishonest or morally unacceptable
(informal) used to emphasize what you are saying when you are surprised, shocked or annoyed God, what a stupid thing to do! Some people find this use offensive. (informal) used to say that you hope that something will not happen ‘Maybe you'll end up as a lawyer, like me.’ ‘God forbid!’ Some people find this use offensive. (informal) used to say that you are afraid somebody will be in danger or that something bad will happen to them God help us if this doesn't work. Some people find this use offensive.