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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The bustling city is a foodie paradise and there really isn't a bad time to visit. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Extend Your Summer With These Exciting Fall Getaways," 5 Sep. 2019 Eater gave us 24/7 chefs as celebrities and cultural coverage, and Serious Eats was sort of the amateur food nerd paradise. BostonGlobe.com, "A conversation with Kevin Alexander, author of ‘Burn the Ice: The American Culinary Revolution and its End’ - The Boston Globe," 11 Sep. 2019 No other foreign policy adventure can consolidate Russians in the same way as this chunk of subtropical paradise which has a clear pro-Russian majority and which evoked a major sense of historical injustice ever since the collapse of the USSR. Leonid Ragozin, Time, "Moscow's Elections Show Putin Is Losing the War at Home," 10 Sep. 2019 Dorian shredded homes and claimed lives in a place that’s known as paradise. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn Sullivan: We don’t know what we don’t know, and I didn’t know about Gander, Newfoundland," 8 Sep. 2019 In the hitter’s paradise known as the Pacific Coast League, who could have blamed Brundage for dreaming? Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "SF Giants’ Johnny Cueto has a chance to pop champagne on rehab assignment," 26 Aug. 2019 Don’t miss the apse’s vault, where Christ, flanked by four angels, sits on the Earth as four rivers of paradise flow beneath his feet. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, "Visit Italy’s mesmerizing city of mosaics," 20 Aug. 2019 Over the years, the underrated island paradise has made its way up the ladder on the travel scene, with Black travelers flocking to its shores like never before seeking a side to the country that no one has ever seen. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Ayiti Chérie! 37 Times Travelers Showed Haiti Nothing But Love," 31 July 2019 But for fruit nerds, mango maniacs, or just tourists in search of a sweet and quiet paradise, Nevis holds special charm. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "This Tiny Caribbean Island Grows 44 Kinds of Mangoes," 28 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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