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

That is, the whiteness defines the triumph and paradise. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, "How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction," 1 Aug. 2019 Considering the sneak peeks from Shakeel’s Instagram Stories, the spectacle is a Kira-Kira fan’s paradise. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "How an Instagram–Famous Artist Created Chance the Rapper's Debut Album Cover," 26 July 2019 According to Walk Score, the Waverly neighborhood in Oakland is a walker’s and biker’s paradise and has excellent transit. Hoodline, The Mercury News, "What $3,200 can rent you in Oakland’s Waverly neighborhood," 13 June 2019 The most expensive homes sold in Houston in May feature some unique amenities, such as outdoor garden paradises and museum-like living rooms. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Inside the most expensive homes that sold in Houston in May," 12 June 2019 So far, birds and paradise and peacock spiders are the only animals thought to use it to attract mates. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "How peacock spiders use optical illusions to woo females," 22 May 2019 Behind them sprung up a sports paradise of reservoirs, and nearly three hundred thousand acres of wildlife refuges, national parks and forests, recreational parks, and campsites. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 Above, Natalia gives us a taste of Colombia’s unspoiled paradise. Monica Mendal, Vogue, "This Bohemian Beach Town Is Colombia’s Best-Kept Secret," 10 Jan. 2019 Members of Bachelor Nation love to dig deep into the contestants' social media accounts for clues about who wins the season, who ends up in paradise, and who is there for the right reasons. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Where to Follow Every 'Bachelorette' Contestant From Hannah Brown's Season on Social Media," 22 July 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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