Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The Garden of Eden.
  • n. Christianity The abode of righteous souls after death; heaven.
  • n. Christianity An intermediate resting place for righteous souls awaiting the Resurrection.
  • n. A place of ideal beauty or loveliness.
  • n. A state of delight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Heaven.
  • n. A very pleasant place.
  • n. A very positive experience.
  • v. To affect or exalt with visions of felicity; to entrance; to bewitch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The garden of Eden, in which Adam and Eve were placed after their creation.
  • n. The abode of sanctified souls after death.
  • n. A place of bliss; a region of supreme felicity or delight; hence, a state of happiness.
  • n. An open space within a monastery or adjoining a church, as the space within a cloister, the open court before a basilica, etc.
  • n. A churchyard or cemetery.
  • transitive v. To affect or exalt with visions of felicity; to entrance; to bewitch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a paradise of.
  • To put into paradise; fill with supreme felicity.
  • n. A park or pleasure-ground connected with the residence of an Oriental prince; a garden.
  • n. The garden of Eden.
  • n. In theology: That part of the place of departed spirits where the souls of the righteous are by some believed to await the resurrection.
  • n. Sometimes, heaven, or the final abode of the blessed.
  • n. Hence A place of extreme beauty or delight; a region of supreme felicity or bliss.
  • n. In medieval architecture: A small private apartment or study.
  • n. A court or inclosed area in front of a church.
  • n. The upper gallery in a play-house; the place of the “gallery gods.”
  • n. In horticulture, a dwarf apple-tree, used as a stock on which to graft other varieties for the purpose of keeping the tree small in size. There are several forms or varieties of paradise apple, most of them of unknown and early origin. They are small-stature forms of the common apple, Pyrus Malus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Christianity) the abode of righteous souls after death
  • n. any place of complete bliss and delight and peace

Etymologies

Middle English paradis, from Old French, from Late Latin paradīsus, from Greek paradeisos, garden, enclosed park, paradise, from Avestan pairidaēza-, enclosure, park : pairi-, around; + daēzō, wall.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin paradīsus, from Ancient Greek παράδεισος (paradeisos), from Avestan 𐬞𐬀𐬌𐬭𐬌𐬸𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬰𐬀 (pairi.daēza, "walled enclusure, encompassing"), from 𐬞𐬀𐬌𐬭𐬌 (pairi, "around") and 𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬰𐬀 (daēza, "wall"). 𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬰𐬀 (daēza, "wall") may be from Proto-Indo-European *dheigʷ (“to stick, set up”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • * Pater, dimitte illis; quia nesciunt, quid faciunt – “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23: 34) * Hodie mecum eris in paradise – “Verily, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise”

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  • Outstanding administrators and builders, the Persians built roads and palaces, inns and even parks—known in Greek as paradeisoi, from which comes our word paradise.

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  • It accords much better with the Lord's purpose and method to suppose that this phrase and the term paradise, which he afterwards employed to express the same idea, were adopted by him from the current custom, than that they were then first introduced.

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  • No matter how you starve and suffer here, you will feast in paradise, that is, if you will follow the directions. '

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  • Protestants of France had a church which they called paradise, because, when they were in the house of God, they thought themselves in paradise.

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  • Also a "rock club" in Boston.

    October 24, 2008

  • Also a street in Liverpool.

    October 24, 2008

  • You stole my comment Effigy.

    October 24, 2008

  • "And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
    Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
    Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
    Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away"
       —John Prine

    October 23, 2008

  • A park in Jena, Germany.

    October 23, 2008

  • A valley in Montana.

    October 23, 2008

  • Also a town in Pennsylvania. :-)

    October 23, 2008

  • city in Kansas

    October 23, 2008

  • "mud wall around" perhaps literally

    February 18, 2007