Aladdin's cave

noun

chiefly British
: a place containing a vast collection of unusual objects
… we found a strange two-storey barn-like building … with a below-street-level Aladdin's cave of dusty old furniture, much of it from the 1920s and 30s …Stephen Joyce, In Britain, April 1974

Word History

Etymology

from the cave in a traditional Middle Eastern tale of Aladdin and the magic lamp

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Aladdin's cave was in 1854

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“Aladdin's cave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Aladdin%27s%20cave. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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