noun par·a·dise \ˈper-ə-ˌdīs, -ˌdīz, ˈpa-rə-\

: a very beautiful, pleasant, or peaceful place that seems to be perfect

: a place that is perfect for a particular activity or for a person who enjoys that activity

: a state of complete happiness

Full Definition of PARADISE

a :  eden 2
b :  an intermediate place or state where the souls of the righteous await resurrection and the final judgment
c :  heaven
:  a place or state of bliss, felicity, or delight
par·a·dis·ial \ˌper-ə-ˈdi-sē-əl, -zē-, ˌpa-rə-\ also par·a·dis·i·cal \-si-kəl, -zi-\ adjective

Examples of PARADISE

  1. Their marriage was very happy at first, but now there's trouble in paradise.
  2. a marsh that is a birdwatcher's paradise
  3. This shop is an antique collecting paradise!

Origin of PARADISE

Middle English paradis, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin paradisus, from Greek paradeisos, literally, enclosed park, of Iranian origin; akin to Avestan pairi-daēza- enclosure; akin to Greek peri around and to Greek teichos wall — more at peri-, dough
First Known Use: 12th century


geographical name Par·a·dise \ˈpa-rə-ˌdīs, -ˌdīz\

Definition of PARADISE

town N California N of Sacramento pop 26,218
population center Nevada pop 223,167
PARADISE Defined for Kids


noun par·a·dise \ˈper-ə-ˌdīs, -ˌdīz\

Definition of PARADISE for Kids

:  a place, state, or time of great beauty or happiness <“A fair is a rat's paradise. Everybody spills food at a fair.” — E. B. White, Charlotte's Web>
:  heaven 2
:  the place where Adam and Eve first lived according to the Bible
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