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Cockayne

[ko-keyn] /kɒˈkeɪn/
noun
1.

Cockaigne

or Cockayne

[ko-keyn] /kɒˈkeɪn/
noun
1.
a fabled land of luxury and idleness.
Origin of Cockaigne
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English cokaygn(e) < Middle French (paide) cocaigne (land of) Cockaigne, idler's paradise < Middle Low German kōkenje, equivalent to kōken (see cookie) + -je diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for Cockayne
Historical Examples
  • Cockayne throws up his eyes, and laments the frivolity of women.

    The Cockaynes in Paris Blanchard Jerrold
  • Mr. Cockayne thought he saw his opportunity for an oratorical flourish.

    The Cockaynes in Paris Blanchard Jerrold
  • I want no Greek, nor any other old-fashioned ornaments, Mr. Cockayne.

    The Cockaynes in Paris Blanchard Jerrold
  • For once in her life Mrs. Cockayne held the same opinion as her husband.

    The Cockaynes in Paris Blanchard Jerrold
  • "He seems to think we're going to buy all the shop," growled Cockayne.

    The Cockaynes in Paris Blanchard Jerrold
  • Some wives had only to hint to have; but that was not the case with the hapless Mrs. Cockayne.

    The Cockaynes in Paris Blanchard Jerrold
  • Mr. Cockayne issued radiant from Mr. John Arthur's establishment.

    The Cockaynes in Paris Blanchard Jerrold
  • "This is not a shop, it is a palace dedicated to trade," cried Cockayne.

    The Cockaynes in Paris Blanchard Jerrold
  • We three would show these lads of Cockayne what three foresters know of wood craft!

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Cockayne is Naples in these pages—Naples given over to the lottery, crazed, debauched and beggared by it.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
British Dictionary definitions for Cockayne

Cockayne

/kɒˈkeɪn/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of Cockaigne

Cockaigne

/kɒˈkeɪn/
noun
1.
(medieval legend) an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cocaigne, from Middle Low German kōkenje small cake (of which the houses in the imaginary land are built); related to Spanish cucaña, Italian cuccagna
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Word Origin and History for Cockayne

Cockaigne

n.

c.1300, from Old French Cocaigne (12c.) "lubberland," imaginary country, abode of luxury and idleness. Of obscure origin, speculation centers on words related to cook (v.) and cake (cf. Middle Dutch kokenje, a child's honey-sweetened treat; also cf. Big Rock Candy Mountain). The German equivalent is Schlaraffenland.

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