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
- 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.
- To make a paradise of.
- To put into paradise; fill with supreme felicity.
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
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 𐬞𐬀𐬌𐬭𐬌𐬛𐬀𐬉𐬰𐬀 (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)