- heaven, as the final abode of the righteous.
- an intermediate place for the departed souls of the righteous awaiting resurrection.
- (often initial capital letter) Eden1(def 1).
- a place of extreme beauty, delight, or happiness.
- a state of supreme happiness; bliss.
- an enclosure beside a church, as an atrium or cloister.
- (initial capital letter, italics) Italian Pa·ra·di·so [pah-rah-dee-zaw] /ˌpɑ rɑˈdi zɔ/. the third and concluding part of Dante's Divine Comedy, depicting heaven, through which he is guided by Beatrice.Compare inferno(def 3), purgatory(def 2).
Origin of paradise
Examples from the Web for paradiso
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.
- 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
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.