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[ih-lizh-ee-uh m, ih-lee-zhee-, ih-liz-, ih-lee-zee-, ih-lizh-uh m]
  1. Also called Elysian Fields. Classical Mythology. the abode of the blessed after death.
  2. any similarly conceived abode or state of the dead.
  3. any place or state of perfect happiness; paradise.
  4. an area in the northern hemisphere of Mars, appearing as a light region when viewed telescopically from the earth.
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Origin of Elysium

1590–1600; < Latin < Greek Ēlýsion (pedíon) the Elysian (plain)
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Related Words for elysian fields

bliss, paradise, Eden, heaven, Arcadia, Erewhon, perfection, Shangri-la, dreamland, fairyland, wonderland, Xanadu

British Dictionary definitions for elysian fields


  1. Also called: Elysian fields Greek myth the dwelling place of the blessed after deathSee also Islands of the Blessed
  2. a state or place of perfect bliss
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Word Origin for Elysium

C16: from Latin, from Greek Ēlusion pedion Elysian (that is, blessed) fields
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Word Origin and History for elysian fields



1590s, from Latin Elysium, from Greek Elysion (pedion) "abode of the blessed" (see Elysian).

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elysian fields in Culture

Elysian Fields


In classical mythology, the place where souls of the good went after death: a peaceful and beautiful region, full of meadows, groves, sunlight, and fresh air.

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Figuratively, “Elysian Fields” are a place of supreme happiness and bliss.
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