Aladdin's cave


Definition of Aladdin's cave

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

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First Known Use of Aladdin's cave

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Aladdin's cave

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

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“Aladdin's cave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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