from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Bible The garden of God and the first home of Adam and Eve. Also called Garden of Eden.
- n. A delightful place; a paradise.
- n. A state of innocence, bliss, or ultimate happiness.
- Eden, Sir (Robert) Anthony. First Earl of Avon. 1897-1977. British politician who as foreign minister (1935-1938, 1940-1945, and 1951-1955) was instrumental in the founding of the United Nations (1945) and as prime minister (1955-1957) supported the 1956 Anglo-French invasion of Egypt.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A garden built by God as the home for Adam and Eve; sometimes identified as part of Mesopotamia
- proper n. A paradise on Earth; a state of innocence
- proper n. Various place names
- proper n. An English surname, probably derived from a place name.
- proper n. A female given name from the biblical place name; also a medieval diminutive of Old English compound names beginning with the element ēad ("riches").
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The garden where Adam and Eve first dwelt; hence, a delightful region or residence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the Bible, the name of the garden which was the first home of Adam and Eve: often, though not in the English version of the Bible, called Paradise.
- n. A region mentioned in the Bible, the people of which were subdued by the Assyrians. It is supposed to have been in northwestern Mesopotamia (2 Ki. xix. 12; Isa. xxxvii. 12).
- n. Figuratively, any delightful region or place of residence. Also Aden.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a beautiful garden where Adam and Eve were placed at the Creation; when they disobeyed and ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil they were driven from their paradise (the fall of man)
- n. any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek Ēdēn, from Hebrew 'ēden, delight, Eden; see ġdn in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hebrew עדן (eden), perhaps from Sumerian e-den "Steppe, garden". (Wiktionary)