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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Other Words from paradise


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

Maine's Acadia National Park Seventy miles northeast of Camden, the 47,000-acre Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island is a nature lover's paradise. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Places to See Fall Foliage in New England," 23 July 2018 Oh, there are great pizza and burger joints here, too, and the City Beautiful is a farmer’s paradise — freshness abounds, even in cheap eats. Mike Pramik, USA TODAY, "10 tastes of Orlando for less than $10," 25 June 2018 Already, many wave off Bali in favor of less discovered paradises, like Lombok and Flores, where the lodging is finally worthy of the pristine surroundings. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 At the time a paradise for American tourists — both straight and gay — the island no doubt offered a bounty of attractions for the young, closeted Harvey. John Mcmurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death,’ by Lillian Faderman," 22 May 2018 This live-work space in paradise is on the market now for $2,599,000. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Gothic Revival church house in the Florida Keys asks $2.5M," 2 Oct. 2018 Fountain Square Downtown Cincinnati's lively city center is the colorful outdoor paradise Fountain Square. Annie Zaleski,, "See Cincinnati with fresh eyes and visit these 7 postcard-worthy sites," 29 June 2018 However, Prum and his colleagues believe that light absorption is just as crucial to birds-of-paradise, generally found in eastern Indonesia, eastern Australia, and Papua New Guinea. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "These Birds Use Ultimate Darkness To Attract Mates," 9 Jan. 2018 But there’s a catch to this off-grid paradise: Mr. Dreaming lives a short stroll from a lava-spewing rift of Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Hawaii’s Volcano Country, Where Land Is Cheap and the Living Is Risky," 25 May 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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