Definition of paradise
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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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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.
Origin and Etymology of paradise
Definition of Paradise
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
PARADISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paradise for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of paradise for Students
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
2 : heaven 2
3 : the place where Adam and Eve first lived according to the Bible
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