- a fabled land of luxury and idleness.
Origin of Cockaigne
Examples from the Web for cockaigne
Her face had the melancholy of Russia, but her voice was as the voice of Cockaigne.Nights in London
She had the haunting melancholy of Russia in her face, but her voice was as the voice of Cockaigne.Modern Essays
Cockaigne is a delightful country, and the Cockaigne of criticism is as agreeable as the other provinces.Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860
His kingdom was the “Land of Cockaigne,” a borrowing, most probably, from the thirteenth century satire by that name.Leigh Hunt's Relations with Byron, Shelley and Keats
"He may be a veritable subject of the kingdom of Cockaigne, for aught I know," replied his friend.Sybil
- medieval legend an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
Word Origin and History for cockaigne
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.