par·​a·​dise ˈper-ə-ˌdīs How to pronounce paradise (audio)
: an intermediate place or state where the souls of the righteous await resurrection and the final judgment
: heaven
: a place or state of bliss, felicity, or delight
ˌper-ə-ˈdi-sē-əl How to pronounce paradise (audio)
or less commonly paradisical
ˌper-ə-ˈdi-si-kəl How to pronounce paradise (audio)

Examples of paradise in a Sentence

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


Middle English paradis, paradise "the Garden of Eden, heaven," borrowed from Anglo-French paradis, borrowed from Late Latin paradīsus, borrowed from Greek parádeisos "enclosed park or pleasure ground" (Xenophon), "the Garden of Eden" (Septuagint), "the abode of the blessed, heaven" (New Testament), borrowed from an Iranian word (perhaps Median *paridaiza-) cognate with Avestan pairidaēza- "enclosure," nominal derivative of pairidaēz- "build a barrier around," from pairi- "before, around" (going back to Indo-European *per-i, whence also Sanskrit pári "around, about," Greek péri "around, in excess") + -daēza- "heap up, build" (occurring only with prefixes), going back to Indo-European *dhoi̯ǵh-éi̯e-, iterative derivative of *dhei̯ǵh- "knead, shape" — more at peri-, feign

Note: As an independent derivative of the verb, Avestan daēza- "heap, pile (of earth, stones)" has been compared with Greek teîchos (neuter s-stem) "wall, fortification," toîchos (masculine) "wall of a house or enclosure," Sanskrit dehaḥ "body," dehī́ "wall, embankment," Oscan feíhúss (accusative plural) "walls." For a Germanic derivative from the same verbal base with a different sense, see dough.

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of paradise was before the 12th century


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“Paradise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


par·​a·​dise ˈpar-ə-ˌdīs How to pronounce paradise (audio)
: a place or state of great happiness

Middle English paradis "the Garden of Eden," from early French paradis (same meaning), from Latin paradisus (same meaning), from Greek paradeisos "Garden of Eden," literally, "enclosed park"

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Par·​a·​dise ˈper-ə-ˌdīs How to pronounce Paradise (audio)
town in northern California north of Sacramento population 26,218
unincorporated population center just south of Las Vegas in southern Nevada population 223,167

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