- a fabled land of luxury and idleness.
Origin of Cockaigne
Examples from the Web for cockayne
Historical Examples of cockayne
Cockayne throws up his eyes, and laments the frivolity of women.
Mr. Cockayne thought he saw his opportunity for an oratorical flourish.
I want no Greek, nor any other old-fashioned ornaments, Mr. Cockayne.
For once in her life Mrs. Cockayne held the same opinion as her husband.
"He seems to think we're going to buy all the shop," growled Cockayne.
- a variant spelling of Cockaigne
- medieval legend an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
Word Origin 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.