paradise

noun
par·​a·​dise | \ ˈper-ə-ˌdīs How to pronounce paradise (audio) , -ˌdīz, ˈpa-rə-\

Definition of paradise

 (Entry 1 of 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

Paradise

geographical name
Par·​a·​dise | \ ˈper-ə-ˌdīs How to pronounce Paradise (audio) , -ˌdīz, ˈpa-rə-\

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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Other Words from paradise

Noun

paradisial \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈdi-​sē-​əl How to pronounce paradisial (audio) , -​zē-​ , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ or less commonly paradisical \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈdi-​si-​kəl How to pronounce paradisical (audio) , -​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

Noun

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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Kudadoo, a private island in the Maldives, takes that paradise to an entirely new level. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Island in the Maldives Has Villas Overlooking the Water, and We Want to Go Right Now," 5 Feb. 2019 According to Lana Condor, there could be trouble in hand-in-back-pocket paradise for Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) and Lara Jean Covey. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lana Condor Said Lara Jean Is Getting a "Major New Love Interest" in the "To All the Boys" Sequel," 8 Jan. 2019 So Colton broke things off with Tia during paradise to become the next bachelor? Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The Next 'Bachelor' Has Been Announced and Twitter Is Not Happy," 4 Sep. 2018 Here, though no love story is guaranteed, a guide to finding a sense of paradise in the area. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Vogue’s Top 5 Travel Stories of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 In 1997, Professor Daemmrich also explored the motif of paradise in her solo book Enigmatic Bliss. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Ingrid G. Daemmrich, 82, a longtime English professor at Drexel University," 1 June 2018 Last night, the Museum of Modern Art was a film lover’s paradise. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Chloë Sevigny Chronicles Her Night at MoMA’s Film Benefit Honoring Martin Scorsese," 20 Nov. 2018 In the months since then, Cruz has thought about moving back to what had been a seaside paradise where they were surrounded by family and familiarity. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After surviving Hurricane Maria, families left Puerto Rico and found homes in Milwaukee," 7 June 2018 Wakanda's existence as a closed-off, perfect paradise is a bit messed up, and Black Panther wastes no time introducing the nation to viewers as something that is not universally appreciated. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of paradise

Noun

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

History and Etymology for paradise

Noun

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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paradise

noun

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

paradise

noun
par·​a·​dise | \ ˈper-ə-ˌdīs How to pronounce paradise (audio) , -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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