Definition of Eden in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈēdn/
(also Garden of Eden)
1The place where Adam and Eve lived in the biblical account of the Creation, from which they were expelled for disobediently eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
1.1 (as noun an Eden) A place or state of great happiness; an unspoiled paradise: the lost Eden of his childhood
More example sentences
  • As Keynes acknowledged, nineteenth-century Europe was far from being an Eden for most of its inhabitants.
  • And for some reason, we have these little Edens, these pieces of paradise in the ugliness.
  • India has served as one of the foreign Edens to which those Americans turn, in order to show their disdain for the United States.


From late Latin (Vulgate), Greek Ēdēn (Septuagint), and Hebrew ῾Ēḏen; perhaps related to Akkadian edinu, from Sumerian eden 'plain, desert' (but believed to be related to Hebrew ῾ēḏen 'delight').

Words that rhyme with Eden

cedarn, cotyledon, dicotyledon, monocotyledon, Sweden

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Syllabification: E·den

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