- an enclosure beside a church, as an atrium or cloister.
Origin of paradise
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Historical Examples of paradiso
The latter wrote the 'Inferno,' the 'Purgatorio,' the 'Paradiso.'Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
Especially the famous prayer of St. Bernard, Paradiso, xxxiii.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
But for consolation, there is no great poem so good as the "Paradiso."
Does it not make thee a little sad to look at the pictures of the Paradiso?Romola
If the reading of the "Paradiso" turns one to other books, so much the better.
Word Origin 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 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.
see fool's paradise.