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

Simple Definition of paradise

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of paradise

  1. 1 a :  eden 2 b :  an intermediate place or state where the souls of the righteous await resurrection and the final judgment c :  heaven

  2. 2 :  a place or state of bliss, felicity, or delight

paradisial play \ˌper-ə-ˈdi-sē-əl, -zē-, ˌpa-rə-\ also paradisical play \-si-kəl, -zi-\ adjective

Examples of paradise in a sentence

  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!

Did You Know?

Paradise ultimately comes from an Iranian word that the Greeks modified into paradeisos, meaning "enclosed park." In Hellenistic Greek, "paradeisos" was also used in the Septuagint - an early Greek translation of Jewish scriptures - in reference to the Garden of Eden. Early Christian writers also used "paradeisos" for both Heaven and for the place where righteous souls await resurrection. These senses of "paradeisos" entered into Late Latin as paradisus, and then into Anglo-French (and later, Middle English) as "paradis." Though originally used in theological senses in English, "paradise" has also come to refer to more earthly states and places of delight as well.

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

  1. 1 town N California N of Sacramento pop 26,218

  2. 2 population center Nevada pop 223,167

PARADISE Defined for Kids


noun par·a·dise \ˈper-ə-ˌdīs, -ˌdīz\

Definition of paradise for Students

  1. 1 :  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>

  2. 2 :  heaven 2

  3. 3 :  the place where Adam and Eve first lived according to the Bible

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a timid, meek, or unassertive person

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