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Cockayne

[ko-keyn]
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noun
  1. Cockaigne.
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Cockaigne

or Cock·ayne

[ko-keyn]
noun
  1. a fabled land of luxury and idleness.
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Origin of Cockaigne

1250–1300; Middle English cokaygn(e) < Middle French (paide) cocaigne (land of) Cockaigne, idler's paradise < Middle Low German kōkenje, equivalent to kōken (see cookie) + -je diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples

  • Cockayne throws up his eyes, and laments the frivolity of women.

    The Cockaynes in Paris

    Blanchard Jerrold

  • For once in her life Mrs. Cockayne held the same opinion as her husband.

    The Cockaynes in Paris

    Blanchard Jerrold

  • I want no Greek, nor any other old-fashioned ornaments, Mr. Cockayne.

    The Cockaynes in Paris

    Blanchard Jerrold

  • Some wives had only to hint to have; but that was not the case with the hapless Mrs. Cockayne.

    The Cockaynes in Paris

    Blanchard Jerrold

  • Mr. Cockayne thought he saw his opportunity for an oratorical flourish.

    The Cockaynes in Paris

    Blanchard Jerrold


British Dictionary definitions for cockayne

Cockayne

noun
  1. a variant spelling of Cockaigne
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Cockaigne

Cockayne

noun
  1. medieval legend an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French cocaigne, from Middle Low German kōkenje small cake (of which the houses in the imaginary land are built); related to Spanish cucaña, Italian cuccagna
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Word Origin and History for cockayne

Cockaigne

n.

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.

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