Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The Torah begins in gan eden -- the Garden of Eden, a place of utter perfection, in which there is no suffering, no longing, no loss.

    Sharon Brous: Defying Despair: Why I Believe

  • EDEN - The Somerset County Historical Society hosts an early November Harvest Season Evening at the Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery, a society fundraiser offering a sampling of local foods and a personalized tour of the Lower Eastern Shore winery in rural Eden on Noble Farm Road.

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  • Peter Gabriel, Real World Studios, Amy Winehouse, James Morrison, Petshop Boys, Rufus Wainwright, Yet more Bands on the eden project hit list, Eden - pretending to be green while pumping out fossil fuel emissions.

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  • EDEN - A teenager was arrested Sunday night following a triple stabbing in Eden.

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  • A power of attorney is a matter of personal trust; and I am at a loss to understand how, under - this appointment, Mx. Eden% name could be intro - duced, or how 'the house of Eden and Court became jointly associated in the business that was to bie transacted under it,

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  • But for the serious minded youth of America, Great Britain, and all countries where Jack London's work has been translated — youth considering life with a purpose — "Martin Eden" is the beacon.

    Preface

  • "Martin Eden" is a story that cannot fail to appeal strongly to everyone, the picture of an intellectual Individualist who failed because of his lack of faith in man.

    JACK LONDON AND HIS WORK

  • The story, which presages the suicidal disappointments of Martin Eden, is a reverse twist on a book that London loved all his life, Signa (1875) by the English novelist Marie Louise de la Ramée, who wrote under the penname "Ouida."

    The woe of an aspiring genius.

  • London's The Call of the Wild and White Fang are listed as books for youth whereas Martin Eden is belles-lettres or "fine literature."

    A Bibliographical Essay

  • In addition, Martin Eden is a social novel as well.

    “SUCCESS”

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  • Actually the Hebrew begins with the consonant `ayin.

    March 4, 2011

  • Eden has several pronunciations. There is the English kind, with an "ee" sound at the start, or the Hebrew one, where the name starts with a short "eh" sound.

    March 4, 2011