[ par-uh-dahys, -dahyz ]
/ ˈpær əˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz /
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Origin of paradise

before 1000; Middle English, Old English paradīs<Late Latin paradīsus<Greek parádeisos park, pleasure-grounds <Iranian; compare Avestan pairi-daēza enclosure

Definition for paradise (2 of 2)

[ par-uh-dahys, -dahyz ]
/ ˈpær əˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz /


a town in N California.
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British Dictionary definitions for paradise

/ (ˈpærəˌdaɪs) /


heaven as the ultimate abode or state of the righteous
Islam the sensual garden of delights that the Koran promises the faithful after death
Also called: limbo (according to some theologians) the intermediate abode or state of the just prior to the Resurrection of Jesus, as in Luke 23:43
the place or state of happiness enjoyed by Adam before the first sin; the Garden of Eden
any place or condition that fulfils all one's desires or aspirations
a park in which foreign animals are kept

Word Origin for paradise

Old English, from Church Latin paradīsus, from Greek paradeisos garden, of Persian origin; compare Avestan pairidaēza enclosed area, from pairi- around + daēza wall
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Cultural definitions for paradise


A place or state of pure happiness. Christians (see also Christian) have identified paradise both with the Garden of Eden and with heaven.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Idioms and Phrases with paradise


see fool's paradise.

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