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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With fans hoping to see a replay of Monday's jaw-dropping aerial show when 312 homers cleared the walls, the diamond became a pitchers' paradise — at least until the late innings. baltimoresun.com, "MLB All-Star Game: American League holds on for seventh straight victory, 4-3," 10 July 2019 With fans hoping to see a replay of Monday’s jaw-dropping aerial show when 312 homers cleared the walls, the diamond became a pitchers’ paradise — at least until the late innings. Ben Walker, courant.com, "Bieber, AL pitchers quiet NL’s big bats for All-Star win," 10 July 2019 Located directly on the water, the private, gated home boasts a backyard paradise that features an entertainment area and fire pit, hot tub and porch. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "The best Airbnbs for a last-minute Texas river trip on a budget," 9 July 2019 With fans hoping to see a replay of Monday’s jaw-dropping aerial show when 312 homers cleared the walls, the diamond became a pitchers’ paradise — at least until the late innings. Ben Walker, The Denver Post, "AL holds off NL for 4-3 win in All-Star Game," 9 July 2019 Big plans are needed to preserve this precarious paradise. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Letter from Venice: A precarious paradise, engaged in a longtime dialogue with Chicago," 5 July 2019 When the rain finally stopped that day, a shaken Barrett drove for another hour to Sedona, a red-rock paradise high (4,350 feet) in the desert. Sean P. Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "A broken windshield wiper on a rental car and the company’s less-than-ideal response — initially," 5 July 2019 Ditto with Joni Mitchell’s observation about paving paradise and putting up a parking lot. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "California Inc.: Marvel looks ‘Far From Home’ for July 4 box office win," 1 July 2019 Protecting other paradises For residents in high-risk areas of California, fires are a terrifying reality, with their own vocabulary of defensible space, home-hardening and ember storms. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: The Trump tax change CA Dems actually like," 20 June 2019

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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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