[ kloud-koo-koo-land, -koo k-oo- ]
/ ˈklaʊdˌku kuˌlænd, -ˌkʊk u- /


an idealized, illusory domain of imagination; cloudland: the cloud-cuckoo-land of technicolor cartoon whimsy.

Origin of cloud-cuckoo-land

1815–25; translation of Greek Nephelokokkȳgía, the realm which separates the gods from mankind in Aristophanes' The Birds Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cloud cuckoo land



/ (ˈklaʊdˌlænd) /


a realm of fantasy, dreams, or impractical notions
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Word Origin and History for cloud cuckoo land

Cloud Cuckoo Land

Imaginary city built in air, translating Aristophanes' Nephelokokkygia in "The Birds" (414 B.C.E.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper