[ yoo-toh-pee-uh ]
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  1. an imaginary island described in Sir Thomas More's Utopia (1516) as enjoying perfection in law, politics, etc.

  2. (usually lowercase) an ideal place or state.

  1. (usually lowercase) any visionary system of political or social perfection.

Origin of Utopia

<New Latin (1516) <Greek ou not + tóp(os) a place + -ia-y3

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How to use Utopia in a sentence

  • Their dominion was an Utopia; and had it been possible to shut out every European and every wild Indian, it might have lasted.

  • Within a few hours friendly relations had been established between the natives and the readers of Utopia.

    Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
  • He was on a planet that seemed, at first glance, to be a Utopia.

    The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley
  • More actually wrote to Warham and to another friend that the Utopia had been printed without his knowledge.

    The Age of Erasmus | P. S. Allen
  • Utopia I know is very rich in splendid scenery, but unfortunately it partakes much of the nature of the mirage.

British Dictionary definitions for Utopia


/ (juːˈtəʊpɪə) /

  1. (sometimes not capital) any real or imaginary society, place, state, etc, considered to be perfect or ideal

Origin of Utopia

C16: from New Latin Utopia (coined by Sir Thomas More in 1516 as the title of his book that described an imaginary island representing the perfect society), literally: no place, from Greek ou not + topos a place

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Cultural definitions for Utopia


(1516) A book by Sir Thomas More that describes an imaginary ideal society free of poverty and suffering. The expression utopia is coined from Greek words and means “no place.”

Notes for Utopia

By extension, a “utopia” is any ideal state.

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