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[eed-n] /ˈid n/
the place where Adam and Eve lived before the Fall. Gen. 2:8–24.
any delightful region or abode; paradise.
a state of perfect happiness or bliss.
a town in N North Carolina.
Also called Garden of Eden (for defs 1–3).
Origin of Eden
< Hebrew 'ēden delight, pleasure
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[ee-den-ik] /iˈdɛn ɪk/ (Show IPA),


[eed-n] /ˈid n/
(Robert) Anthony, Earl of Avon, 1897–1977, British statesman: prime minister 1955–57. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • That Garden of Eden must have been on a hill, with lowlands below, and high hills above, and roads both ways.

  • The spot is indeed a corner of Eden—a happy valley, to be transformed, alas!

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • There seems a discrepancy, but anything is better for a thoughtful youth than to be made in the Garden of Eden.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • Eden hadn't need to go a-begging yet, sir,' remarked the General.

  • Eden smiled at the dithyramb as were she listening to some fay she did not see.

    Eden Edgar Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for Eden


(Old Testament) Also called Garden of Eden. the garden in which Adam and Eve were placed at the Creation
a delightful place, region, dwelling, etc; paradise
a state of great delight, happiness, or contentment; bliss
Derived Forms
Edenic (iːˈdɛnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin, from Hebrew `ēdhen place of pleasure


Sir (Robert) Anthony, Earl of Avon. 1897–1977, British Conservative statesman; foreign secretary (1935–38; 1940–45; 1951–55) and prime minister (1955–57). He resigned after the controversy caused by the occupation of the Suez Canal zone by British and French forces (1956)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Eden

early 13c., "delightful place," figurative use of the place described in Genesis, usually referred to Hebrew edhen "pleasure, delight," but perhaps from Ugaritic base 'dn and meaning "a place that is well-watered throughout" (see also Aden).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Eden in Technology

language, operating system
A concurrent, object-oriented, distributed operating system and language, Eden Programming Language (EPL), based on remote procedure call. It has both synchronous and asynchronous message passing.
["The Eden System: A Technical Review", G. Almes et al, IEEE Trans Soft Eng SE-11(1):43-59, Jan 1985].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Eden in the Bible

delight. (1.) The garden in which our first parents dewlt (Gen. 2:8-17). No geographical question has been so much discussed as that bearing on its site. It has been placed in Armenia, in the region west of the Caspian Sea, in Media, near Damascus, in Palestine, in Southern Arabia, and in Babylonia. The site must undoubtedly be sought for somewhere along the course of the great streams the Tigris and the Euphrates of Western Asia, in "the land of Shinar" or Babylonia. The region from about lat. 33 degrees 30' to lat. 31 degrees, which is a very rich and fertile tract, has been by the most competent authorities agreed on as the probable site of Eden. "It is a region where streams abound, where they divide and re-unite, where alone in the Mesopotamian tract can be found the phenomenon of a single river parting into four arms, each of which is or has been a river of consequence." Among almost all nations there are traditions of the primitive innocence of our race in the garden of Eden. This was the "golden age" to which the Greeks looked back. Men then lived a "life free from care, and without labour and sorrow. Old age was unknown; the body never lost its vigour; existence was a perpetual feast without a taint of evil. The earth brought forth spontaneously all things that were good in profuse abundance." (2.) One of the markets whence the merchants of Tyre obtained richly embroidered stuffs (Ezek. 27:23); the same, probably, as that mentioned in 2 Kings 19:12, and Isa. 37:12, as the name of a region conquered by the Assyrians. (3.) Son of Joah, and one of the Levites who assisted in reforming the public worship of the sanctuary in the time of Hezekiah (2 Chr. 29:12).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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