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


geographical name
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

Or of getting too much paradise and realizing it’s torture. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, "Gilligan’s at Soho Grand," 12 July 2018 But there's trouble in bulk-discount paradise: The brand is removing a fan favorite, the Polish hot dog, from the menu. Author: Maura Judkis, Anchorage Daily News, "Costco is taking Polish hot dogs off its food court menu. Fans are grieving – and angry.," 10 July 2018 But there’s trouble in bulk-discount paradise: The brand is removing a fan favorite, the Polish hot dog, from the menu. Maura Judkis,, "Costco is taking Polish hot dogs off its food-court menu. People are angry," 10 July 2018 In the meantime Royal Oakers remain excited about what’s going on in our flourishing, relevant and growing paradise. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Andiamo CEO fires back after Royal Oak mayor pans food," 9 July 2018 But July 7's starting line for cycling’s ultimate endurance test is on one of the most sublime vacation spots on the French Atlantic coast: a toes-in-the-sand sliver of island paradise beloved by generations of vacationers. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Small Island Where the Tour de France Begins Is Actually a Vacationer's Paradise," 3 July 2018 Before a self-driving Uber killed a pedestrian one night in March, Arizona was an autonomous vehicle developer’s paradise. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Massachusetts Welcomes Self-Driving Cars—With a Couple Caveats," 21 June 2018 Murphy, whose forehand slice down the line remains his ticket to pickleball paradise, finally gets to play. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "Ocean City and the most cutthroat pickleball game at the Jersey Shore," 11 July 2018 By season’s end, a number of hosts have successfully escaped to a mysterious heavenly paradise within the Forge. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About Westworld Season 3," 25 June 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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