Definition of Cockaigne
: an imaginary land of great luxury and ease
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Examples of cockaigne in a sentence
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
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