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

Definition of paradise 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : eden sense 2

b : an intermediate place or state where the souls of the righteous await resurrection and the final judgment

c : heaven

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


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Par·a·dise | \ˈpa-rə-ˌdīs, -ˌdīz\

Definition of Paradise (Entry 2 of 2)

1 town in northern California north of Sacramento population 26,218

2 unincorporated population center just south of Las Vegas in southern Nevada population 223,167

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paradisial \ˌper-ə-ˈdi-sē-əl, -zē-, ˌpa-rə- \ or less commonly paradisical \ˌper-ə-ˈdi-si-kəl, -zi-, ˌpa-rə- \ adjective

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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.

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the surf scene is unlike the coastal ocean paradises where most surfers flock. David North, Chicago Reader, "Sickened surfers say the best waves in Lake Michigan are in the polluted waters off northwest Indiana," 10 July 2018 One room, where Mr. Finn reads and relaxes, is a paradise of rarities. George Gene Gustines, New York Times, "A Connoisseur of Saviors in Capes and Tights," 3 July 2018 This island situated off the coast of Honduras is a true diver’s paradise. Daily Intelligencer, "Authentic Ways to Experience 5 Caribbean Islands," 23 Apr. 2018 Last month tragedy struck in paradise, claiming the life of wife and mother Maleka Jackson. Ashley Mcdonough,, "GoFundMe Set Up For Family Of Atlanta Woman Killed In Bahamas Boat Accident On Her Anniversary Raises $140K," 12 July 2018 Location: Bedford, New York Price: $8,500,000 This equestrian estate in Bedford, New York, is the ultimate horse-lover’s paradise. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Ultimate equestrian estate just outside NYC wants $8.5M," 22 June 2018 Sando is the groovy dude in paradise, so there’s plenty to love about his scene, though plenty that gives pause, too. New York Times, "Review: In ‘Breath,’ Tasty Waves and Gnomic Truths," 31 May 2018 The place was not quite paradise, because from time to time farmers gathered outside the village office to protest when their land was misclassified as protected forest and their claims to ownership were rebuffed. The Economist, "Lina Puthussery died of the Nipah virus on May 21st," 31 May 2018 The beaches are a surf paradise and the Great Barrier Reef should be on everyone’s bucket list. Meirav Devash, Allure, "12 Australian Beauty Brands and Products We're Obsessed With," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of paradise


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

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners 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


par·a·dise | \ˈper-ə-ˌdīs, -ˌdīz\

Kids Definition of paradise

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

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

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