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!
Recent Examples of paradise from the Web
Get ready for some rock-paper-scissors in paradise.
The gap between rich and poor countries globally is much wider than the gap between the richest and less-rich countries within Europe, and most poor countries are not Pacific-island paradises.
Until recently, the man who assembled this virtual paradise for style lovers held a dim view of the fashion world.
But now, fans are wondering if there could be trouble in paradise, thanks to a few cryptic tweets posted by both celebrities.
American travelers have often considered Maui in the past for its convenience, and its ability to offer stress-free relaxation and industrialized hospitality in the middle of paradise.
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But now, fans think that there might be trouble in paradise, due to a few cryptic tweets that were posted over the past few days.
Roy has imagined an inverse of the Garden of Eden—a paradise whose defining feature, rather than innocence, is experience and endurance.
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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
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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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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