|1.||heaven as the ultimate abode or state of the righteous|
|2.||Islam the sensual garden of delights that the Koran promises the faithful after death|
|3.||Also called: limbo (according to some theologians) the intermediate abode or state of the just prior to the Resurrection of Jesus, as in Luke 23:43|
|4.||the place or state of happiness enjoyed by Adam before the first sin; the Garden of Eden|
|5.||any place or condition that fulfils all one's desires or aspirations|
|6.||a park in which foreign animals are kept|
|[Old English, from Church Latin paradīsus, from Greek paradeisos garden, of Persian origin; compare Avestan pairidaēza enclosed area, from pairi- around + daēza wall]|
a Persian word (pardes), properly meaning a "pleasure-ground" or "park" or "king's garden." (See EDEN.) It came in course of time to be used as a name for the world of happiness and rest hereafter (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 12:4; Rev. 2:7). For "garden" in Gen. 2:8 the LXX. has "paradise."