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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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 Low costs and a business-friendly government are luring new employers, whose workers relish the backdrop of forested mountains above cities like Boise and the easy access to an outdoor paradise. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Boise, Idaho, Feels the Growing Pains of a Surging Population," 15 Apr. 2018 Explore the vibrant culture of Sydney, escape to tropical paradise in Cairns, and more during this eight-night Australian vacation. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Eight nights in Australia for $1,769," 31 Jan. 2018 Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Saturday's frightening but false alert to Hawaiians about a ballistic missile headed to the island paradise is unlikely to be repeated in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Snyder: Unlikely Michigan would make same mistake as Hawaii," 15 Jan. 2018 The ad relies on preexisting inklings about the city, like the one perpetuated by the television show Frasier, as a bucolic paradise for outdoor life and white-collar professionalism. Dae Shik Kim Hawkins, The Atlantic, "An App for Ejecting the Homeless," 28 June 2018 In August 2017, Alexis Dale moved from San Diego to South Florida to attend Florida International University, trading one coastal paradise for another. Scott Rodd, The Christian Science Monitor, "Florida addresses pedestrian fatalities with engineering strategy," 16 May 2018 The last tourists on the popular Philippines tropical island of Boracay were told to pack their swimsuits and leave Thursday as a government shutdown took effect to scrub the paradise clean of sewage and curb overdevelopment. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Heavy Police Presence to Close Idyllic Philippine Island Under Ecological Strain," 26 Apr. 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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