a land of wonders or marvels.
a wonderful country or region: a wonderland of rare plants and flowers; a winter wonderland.

Origin of wonderland

First recorded in 1780–90; wonder + -land
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Historical Examples of wonderland

  • So odd and gnomelike was he that he might have stepped out of the pages of "Alice in Wonderland."

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Alice need not have gone to Wonderland; she should have come to Japan.

  • New Zealanders delight to speak of their country as the Wonderland of the South.


    David Christie Murray

  • Think of the rotten time Alice would have had in Wonderland if she hadn't been broad-minded.


    Edna Ferber

  • "It has a true Alice in Wonderland tang," agreed Miriam solemnly.

British Dictionary definitions for wonderland



an imaginary land of marvels or wonders
an actual place or scene of great or strange beauty or wonder
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Word Origin and History for wonderland

"imaginary realm," 1790, from wonder + land (n.).

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