Cockaigne

play
noun Cock·aigne \kä-ˈkān\

Definition of Cockaigne

  1. :  an imaginary land of great luxury and ease

Cockaigne was our Word of the Day on 10/11/2011. Hear the podcast!

Examples of cockaigne in a Sentence

  1. many gourmets still regard Paris as a culinary Cockaigne

Did You Know?

The term "Cockaigne" comes from the Middle French phrase pais de cocaigne, which literally means "the land of plenty." The word was first popularized in a 13th-century French poem that is known in English as "The Land of Cockaigne." According to an early English translation of the work, in Cockaigne "the houses were made of barley sugar cakes, the streets were paved with pastry, and the shops supplied goods for nothing." Some have theorized that cocaigne derives from an earlier word related to "cake" or "cook," but its early history remains obscure.

Origin and Etymology of cockaigne

Middle English cokaygne, from Medieval French (pais de) cocaigne land of plenty


First Known Use: 13th century



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Cockaigne? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a weapon for destroying ships

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • young-people-being-filmed-during-a-spelling-bee
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!