Family Word Snacks: Empyrean & Cosmos


“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


empyrean: [em-puh-ree-uhn, em-pir-ee-uhn] (n) 1. in ancient times, thought to contain the pure element of fire and the angels and God. 2. (poetic) the heavens or sky

empyreal: (a) 3. of or relating to the sky, the heavens, or the empyrean. 4. heavenly or sublime

in a sentence: Ambushed with emotion too overwhelming to express, his tears burst from the empyrean and rained down on his new family unspeakable bliss.


cosmos: (n) the universe, particularly when considered as a whole system, harmonious and orderly.

in a sentence: A cosmologist is a scientist who is like a detective looking to solve the wonderful mysteries of the universe, or the cosmos.

FUN FACT: Did you know that approximately 93% of our bodies are made of stardust? Thanks to exploding stars, or supernovae, creating most of the elements on the periodic table, the building blocks for our solar system and every living thing in it are mostly stellar in origin! Gives you a whole new respect for “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” doesn’t it? (Physics Central)

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” ― Carl Sagan

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-Elle C.


About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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