[par-uh-dahys, -dahyz]


Origin of paradise

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


[par-uh-dahys, -dahyz]


a town in N California. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of paradise

Historical Examples of paradise

  • It caused them to fight for the sole possession of this Paradise upon Earth.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • Such ideas as Paradise, Adam and Eve, and angels, are getting obsolete.

  • What a paradise this would be for the botanist in spring, or for the portrait painter!

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • This farm was the nearest he would ever come to a paradise and on it he would be his own God.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • "I modestly but freely told him what I thought" of Paradise Lost!

British Dictionary definitions for paradise



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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Word Origin and History for paradise

late 12c., "Garden of Eden," from Old French paradis "paradise, Garden of Eden" (11c.), from Late Latin paradisus, from Greek paradeisos "park, paradise, Garden of Eden," from an Iranian source, cf. Avestan pairidaeza "enclosure, park" (Modern Persian and Arabic firdaus "garden, paradise"), compound of pairi- "around" + diz "to make, form (a wall)."

The first element is cognate with Greek peri- "around, about" (see per), the second is from PIE root *dheigh- "to form, build" (see dough).

The Greek word, originally used for an orchard or hunting park in Persia, was used in Septuagint to mean "Garden of Eden," and in New Testament translations of Luke xxiii:43 to mean "heaven" (a sense attested in English from c.1200). Meaning "place like or compared to Paradise" is from c.1300.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

paradise in Culture


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

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Idioms and Phrases with paradise


see fool's paradise.

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