[ al-is-in-wuhn-der-land ]
/ ˈæl ɪs ɪnˈwʌn dərˌlænd /


resembling a dream or fantasy; unreal: an Alice-in-Wonderland world of incompleted projects and wishful thinking.

Origin of Alice-in-Wonderland

First recorded in 1920–25

Definition for alice-in-wonderland (2 of 2)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


a story for children (1865) by Lewis Carroll.
Also called Alice in Wonderland. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for alice-in-wonderland



fantastic; irrational

Word Origin for Alice-in-Wonderland

C20: alluding to the absurdities of Wonderland in Lewis Carroll's book
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Culture definitions for alice-in-wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

(1865) A book by Lewis Carroll. Alice, a young girl, enters Wonderland by following the White Rabbit down his hole and has many strange adventures there. She meets the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, the grinning Cheshire cat, and the tyrannical Queen of Hearts. Through the Looking-Glass is the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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