Origin of Cockaigne
Examples from the Web for cockaigne
An old French poem on the Land of Cockaigne described it as an ideal land of luxury and ease.Early Reviews of English Poets|John Louis Haney
Never comes the trader thither, never o'er the purple main Sounds the oath of British commerce, or the accents of Cockaigne.The Book of Humorous Verse|Various
Hence our own word of "Cockaigne," about the derivation of which so many contradictory guesses have been made.Odd Bits of History|Henry W. Wolff
It is, says Dixon, the common English broadsheet "turned into the dialect of Cockaigne."
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|Barnette Miller
British Dictionary definitions for cockaigne
Word Origin for Cockaigne
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.